The Miami Dolphins made the decision to pick up the fifth-year option on the contract of quarterback Tua Tagovailoa and have formally informed him of their decision, according to NFL Network.
Tagovailoa, a first round draft pick, will see a significant rise in his pay, as he is set to earn $9.6 million in 2023 but will earn $23.3 million in 2024.
The Dolphins made the decision well before the May 2nd deadline, sending a clear statement of their support and belief in Tagovailoa as their franchise quarterback.
Now, the Dolphins, who created more than $40 million in cap space this week, will turn their attention to improving the protection around Tagovailoa.
Free agency is the likely source, as the Dolphins do not possess a first round draft pick in 2023, and will have attractive options, such as San Francisco 49ers offensive tackle Mike McGlinchey, to shop for on the free agent market.
While many players take the offseason to enjoy the beautiful weather in South Florida, open and get involved in businesses, marketing, and Miami SEO campaigns for their business partnerships, Tagovailoa has been taking the offseason to improve how he falls to the ground.
Tagovailoa has been learning jiu-jitsu techniques to improve his ability to avoid injury when falling, and while it may not seem like the perfect formula to prevent additional concussions, it shows Tagovailoa's putting in the work to help prevent any more from occurring.
Should he prove to be healthy in 2023, the Dolphins will be in prime position to work out a long-term deal - and will at least have Tagovailoa on the books for 2024.