Dolphins likely won't pursue Tom Brady, Tua Tagovailoa to remain starting QB
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The Miami Dolphins plan to keep Tua Tagovailoa and are not expected to pursue Tom Brady in free agency, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN. Brady, 45, was linked to the Dolphins in the past, most recently in early 2022. But after Brady decided to un-retire, he stayed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for one more season.
The Buccaneers' season is finished and Brady is set to hit free agency. Brady still hasn't confirmed that he will play in 2023 but the general expectation is that he will return for one more season and that he will be playing on a different team.
The Dolphins keeping Tagovailoa, won't pursue Brady
Tagovailoa suffered two concussions during the 2022 season. Because of that, some started speculating whether 24-year-old Tagovailoa would announce an early retirement in the offseason.
But this week, TMZ Sports caught up with Tagovailoa's father Galo. Tagovailoa senior shut down the retirement talk, making it clear that his son plans to play football for the Dolphins in 2023. “He comes back. That’s their guy.
They love him, we love them and what they’re doing and how they’re helping him with his recovery and everything else trying to get him back. He’s still going through his protocol, but we’re grateful for them, too.
Very thankful for Miami. The organization. The owner. [Chris] Grier as a GM and head coach Mike [McDaniel]. That guy’s special," Galu Tagovailoa told TMZ Sports. The Dolphins assembled a strong team last offseason and they entered the 2022 season with lofty expectations.
But the Dolphins were without Tagovailoa in Week 18 and during their wild-card game against the Buffalo Bills. Despite the health concerns, the Dolphins seem to be ready to give Tagovailoa at least one more chance to prove himself as the starting quarterback in Miami. Tagovailoa hasn't yet been cleared to play and he won't play in next week's Pro Bowl games.