May 19, 2024

The Miami Dolphins are reportedly considering contract extensions for their young stars, with quarterback Tua Tagovailoa being a focal point of discussion this offseason. Tagovailoa, a Pro Bowl quarterback, is approaching the fifth-year option on his rookie contract and is slated to earn $23.17 million next season unless an extension is reached.

According to Dolphins general manager Chris Grier, ongoing talks regarding Tagovailoa’s extension are underway, a common practice for teams as their franchise quarterbacks near the end of their rookie deals. Despite some doubts about his leadership abilities, Tagovailoa has demonstrated his capability as a starting quarterback, boasting impressive stats from the 2023 season.

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While Tagovailoa garners attention in South Beach, the Dolphins are also seeking to extend other key players, including star receiver Jaylen Waddle. Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reports that the Dolphins aim to secure Waddle with a lucrative long-term contract before the 2024 season begins. Waddle, a top-six pick in the 2021 NFL Draft out of Alabama, is eligible for his first contract extension.

Contracts for wide receivers have gained prominence across the NFL recently, particularly following DeVonta Smith’s substantial three-year, $75 million extension with the Philadelphia Eagles. This trend suggests that other standout receivers like Justin Jefferson, CeeDee Lamb, Ja’Marr Chase, and Brandon Aiyuk could also command significant contracts in the upcoming offseason.

Waddle, 25, has been a consistent performer throughout his three-year career, averaging 84 receptions for 1,128 yards and six touchdowns. His partnership with Tyreek Hill has established them as one of the top receiver duos in the league.

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