Tua Tagovailoa is pushing the entire discuss surrounding the Miami Dolphins’ curiosity in Tom Brady to the facet.
As his workforce practices with Brady’s Buccaneers forward of their preseason sport, Tagovailoa famous that he is the workforce’s beginning quarterback – not Brady.
“Yeah, I mean, I’m still here,” Tagovailoa informed reporters Wednesday. “To me, that’s all noise at this point.”
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If the Dolphins had their manner, Tagovailoa may not “still” be their quarterback. Earlier in August, an NFL investigation discovered that the Dolphins had impermissible conversations with Brady in 2019 and 2021. These conversations, plus the impermissible conversations that they had with Sean Payton, precipitated the Dolphins to lose two draft picks. Proprietor Stephen Ross additionally obtained a $1.5 million nice and is suspended via Oct. 17. Dolphins vice chairman and restricted companion Bruce Beal obtained a $500,000 nice and will not have the ability to attend league conferences for the whole 2022 season.
Tagovailoa, whom the Dolphins drafted within the first spherical of the 2020 NFL Draft, famous final week that a part of the workforce’s discussions with Brady occurred earlier than he was even in Miami.
“I’m still here, and I’m blessed to be here,” Tagovailoa mentioned final week. “If it has to do with support from the team, I think the team’s all-in with me and all the guys that we have now.”
Brady hasn’t spoken with the media but because the league introduced the findings of its investigation of the Dolphins on Aug. 2. He spoke with Tagovailoa throughout Wednesday’s joint observe, although.
“We were talking on the side for a good bit,” Tagovailoa said. “He requested me how my offseason was. We had been speaking somewhat about golf on the similar time.
“For the most part, 23 years playing, that’s a long time, that’s a lot of knowledge, so I was asking him some things and he gave me some good insight. But I’ll keep that between me and Tom. And if you guys want to ask Tom, go ask him.”
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Like his quarterback, first-year Dolphins coach Mike McDaniel expressed a want to maneuver previous the tampering discuss, too.
“For me, nothing happened,” McDaniel mentioned. “Everyone else is the one making it awkward. It doesn’t occupy a single iota of space with anybody. It’s hard enough to be good in this league.”
Brady’s Buccaneers will play host to Tagavailoa’s Dolphins of their respective preseason openers on Saturday.
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