Dan Marino, the biggest star in Miami Dolphins history, reached rock-star status in the 1980s and 1990s as the team’s quarterback despite never winning a Super Bowl. When Marino speaks, particularly near South Beach, fans listen. On Sirius XM’s Mad Dog Radio, Marino, while discussing Tua Tagovailoa, sounded confident in the quarterback’s ability to lead Miami to a Super Bowl. However, the front office may still have concerns.
Tagovailoa, while attending Pro Bowl games in Orlando, expressed belief that an extension will happen, though he is currently scheduled to play the final year of his rookie deal without an extension in sight. Despite career highs in touchdown passes, yards, and completion percentage, Dolphins management may be waiting to see more from Tagovailoa, potentially due to injury concerns.
However, with Tagovailoa’s impressive statistics and performance, it would be unwise for Miami to risk losing him in free agency without a backup plan. Marino’s endorsement of Tagovailoa carries weight in South Florida, and if the quarterback can continue to improve and perform at a high level, he could become a Dolphins lifer. Handling Tagovailoa’s contract situation would bring relief to everyone in Miami.