The Dolphins are sitting on virtually $90 million in wage cap home, larger than any workforce in the NFL for the 2020 offseason. They also have a league-leading three first-round alternate options for the 2020 draft at their disposal.
That leaves Miami with quite a few potential outcomes when it comes to who will quarterback the workforce to start the 2020 frequent season. Only one issue is for sure — third-year backup Josh Rosen will not be the person.
Here are the 9 conditions for Miami’s QB state of affairs subsequent season, ranked from most to least likely.
1. Dolphins draft Tua Tagovailoa
The Dolphins have the No. 5, No. 18 (from the Steelers) and No. 26 (from the Texans) picks. If they hold put there’s a good chance they could have a clear shot at Tagovailoa fifth common with Joe Burrow (Bengals) and Chase Young (Redskins) going 1-2. With the non-QB needy Giants at No. 4, it comes down to what the Lions do at No. 3. They would possibly go along with among the finest defensive individuals accessible, nevertheless, the Lions moreover would possibly set themselves up to trade Matthew Stafford with Tagovailoa or commerce down with one different workforce who wants Tagovailoa.
If Miami likes Tua ample, the workforce would undoubtedly have the potential to make the slight commerce up to No. 3 to land the Alabama prospect, who’s trending in direction of a transparent bill of nicely-being shortly following a season-ending hip surgical process. The Dolphins, nonetheless you take a look at it, are best positioned to land the second QB off the board.
They also have a very good contingency plan for the transient time interval ought to Tagovailoa need a little bit of further time to get bodily correct with Ryan Fitzpatrick nonetheless having yet one more 12 months left on an inexpensive bridge QB contract. They even have two extreme draft picks with which to assemble Tagovailoa’s offensive help and new offensive coordinator Chan Gailey has a prolonged historical previous of getting among the finest out of quarterbacks with completely different expertise models.
The Chiefs and Patrick Mahomes merely proved as soon as an extra sturdy system for a profitable giant in the NFL are hitting on a rookie QB who quickly finds his extreme ceiling. Tagovailoa’s upside can’t be denied and the possibility to get him maybe too good to go up.
2. Dolphins draft Justin Herbert
Then as soon as extra, the Dolphins might assume Herbert, the earlier Oregon QB who seems to be just like the half at 6-6, 237 kilos, with an accurate arm and ample athleticism, is that potential transcendent QB at No. 5 (or earlier) after Burrow is off the board. When Sporting News talked to Tagovailoa and Herbert sooner than EA Sports Bowl in Miami all through Super Bowl week, every one of them appeared correct at residence, eager and ready to return for the prolonged haul to play for the Dolphins.
While the best concern with Tagovailoa is nicely-being, Herbert carries additional of a straight-up boom-or-bust actually really feel alongside together with his bodily attributes. While Herbert would possibly merely be the following Carson Wentz, there’s some who assume he can end up like Paxton Lynch.
That talked about Herbert would revenue from the identical educating and personnel dedication that Tagovailoa would. The Dolphins locked up DeVante Parker after his long-awaited giant breakout season and between him, Preston Williams and tight end Mike Gesicki, there’s a robust rookie QB-friendly receiving corps. This comes down to the Dolphins merely liking Herbert larger than Tagovailoa.
3. Dolphins draft Jordan Love
The Dolphins, in reality, don’t need to use No. 5 common in any respect to get their quarterback and as an alternative can wait to take their QB with one amongst their late first-round picks. Love is an outstanding candidate for an alternative at each No. 18 or No. 26 on account of the Utah State QB matches the extreme upside of Tagovailoa and Herbert, vs. Washington’s Jacob Eason or Georgia’s Jake Fromm.
At 6-4, 225 kilos, Love has a prototypical dimension, and when he’s on, he can use his arm to zip the ball wherever downfield from each inside or exterior the pocket. He desires sturdy NFL educating to regain his accuracy and effectivity, nevertheless, like Herbert, he stood out in that house on the Senior Bowl.
This comes down to the Dolphins having time on their side to develop Love, related to they could with Tagovailoa and Herbert, with the precise objective of getting him ready to go at his best in Year 2, a la Mahomes. Miami has been linked most to Tagovailoa in the draft course of, nevertheless, there’s an early sense they proceed to current Love rising love in its place.
4. Dolphins stick to Ryan Fitzpatrick
This is an underrated state of affairs. Sure Fitzpatrick is a 37-year-old journeyman on his eighth workforce, nevertheless, he has had a nice two-year stretch with the Buccaneers and Dolphins and did have one amongst his best all-around seasons when Gailey was his Jets offensive coordinator. Fitzpatrick sparked and led Miami properly in 2019 as a result of the workforce went 5-4 in the second half after starting 0-7.
No is anticipating the Dolphins to contend for so much whether or not or not they have a rookie first-round starter or Fitzpatrick. So if they don’t want to drive the problem at quarterback in the draft, they will roll with Fitzpatrick. He might need to start early, anyway, to protect the pocket warmth for Tagovailoa, Herbert, Love.
The worst-case with flying solo with Fitzpatrick can flip into among the finest instances — that the Dolphins regress ample to each land the No. 1 determine in 2021 to get Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence or are nonetheless positioned for Ohio State’s Justin Fields. The best case is that they improve ample to get into wild-card rivalry, making an additional fascinating setting for their subsequent QB, rookie or in every other case.
6. Dolphins sign Tom Brady
Brady could possibly be additionally destined to go AFC West to each the Chargers or the Raiders ought to he doesn’t re-sign with the Patriots. But with the earlier New England presence of coach Brian Flores, Miami is appropriate up there with Tennessee and Mike Vrabel as a well known, cozy state of affairs for Brady.
Still, the Dolphins are a rebuilding workforce, in distinction to the Titans, and likewise have not acquired the encircling experience (however) to have giant rebound potential into the playoffs identical to the Chargers or the Raiders. The means to change that in Miami is to maximize the entire free-agent and draft sources to abruptly assemble a workforce that’s ready to win now, and concern so much a lot much less a few sustainable futures.
Brady and the Dolphins will work solely if he’s one giant part of a big splash of veteran experience acquisition and he feels moreover they will load up on additional immediate-impact rookies. They would possibly take into consideration that technique, given there will be no increased time to soar the Patriots than their first season put up Brady. As pleasant because it may be to see Brady face Bill Belichick’s workforce without him twice in the AFC East, it’s a prolonged shot.
7. Dolphins draft a QB aside from Tagovailoa, Herbert or Love
Eason, Fromm and Oklahoma’s Jalen Hurts full the six quarterbacks in the 2020 NFL Draft class with precise NFL franchise starting potential. Hurts, due to profitable pedigree and dual-threat experience, additional fits into Miami capturing for the moon on the place.
But it’s laborious to see the Dolphins going for a non-first-rounder vs. each merely getting aggressive to deal with QB early or tabling the place draft-wise until 2021. Miami happening the middle for a mean decision makes little sense and that moreover applies to free firm.
8. Dolphins sign Philip Rivers or one different free-agent QB
Brady is the most important accessible identification in the marketplace, given neither Dak Prescott (franchise tag or Cowboys’ long-term deal) nor Drew Brees (retirement or Saints’ short-team deal) are anticipated to hit the market, nevertheless, he isn’t the one viable identification. Rivers will not be returning to the Chargers and he merely moved his family from Southern California to Florida.
Rivers represents one of many best-completed veterans completely different from Brady for the Dolphins to nonetheless execute the “all in” offseason plan. After him, overlook about former Dolphin Ryan Tannehill. Going to each Jameis Winston or Teddy Bridgewater will not work till they will get them for a decrease than overinflated open-market presents. Then it comes down to taking a chance on Marcus Mariota, which is once more to go to the pointless medium menace.
At the highest, it’s likely to be Brady or no person for the Dolphins in the free-agent route. Fitzpatrick and a rookie make additional sense than taking a costly chance on a mid-career QB.
9. Dolphins commerce up for Joe Burrow
The Dolphins would possibly go nuts in the draft and take a look at to make the Bengals a suggestion they cannot refuse creating some pleasing bundle deal using their quite a few first-rounders. But that’s assuming they assume Burrow will be that considerably higher than Tagovailoa or Herbert.
Miami might need to stop a little bit of to assure it does get Tua vs. a QB hungry self-discipline, nevertheless giving up a ton for Burrow and shedding the capital with which to get help for him doesn’t sound good, given there is no guarantee Burrow is can’t-miss and would possibly push in direction of Mahomes’ elite play any increased than Tagovailoa or Herbert.
A primary-round rookie stays to be the most likely starter for the Dolphins subsequent season. Tagovailoa and Herbert are about even when you possibly can take Burrow off the board now.