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Dolphins expect Tua Tagovailoa to be QB in 2023

The Miami Dolphins are heading into the offseason with the expectation that Tua Tagovailoa will be their QB in 2023.

Tua Tagovailoa #1 of the Miami Dolphins looks to pass against the Green Bay Packers during the second half of the game at Hard Rock Stadium on December 25, 2022 in Miami Gardens, Florida. Photo by Megan Briggs/Getty Images

The Miami Dolphins have been eliminated from the NFL playoffs. They finished out the regular season and their brief playoff appearance without starting quarterback Tua Tagovailoa. He dealt with concussions this season, and his second sidelined him for the final three games of Miami’s season.

Tagovailoa’s health is of utmost importance. He didn’t clear the NFL concussion protocol by the season’s end, but even if he would have, risking a third concussion would not have been smart. At the time of this writing, it is assumed that Tagovailoa will be continuing his NFL career in the future. Even though the Dolphins are only one day removed from their loss, head coach Mike McDaniel said in a press conference on Monday that the expectation is that Tagovailoa will be their quarterback for 2023.

Anything can happen in an NFL offseason. Fans and analysts alike have floated various scenarios out that see Miami moving Tagovailoa to another team in exchange for either a draft pick or a quarterback. One of the popular ideas has the Baltimore Ravens franchise tagging Lamar Jackson and then trading him to Miami for a package that would include Tagovailoa and draft picks. For now, the expectation is that Tagovailoa will be back and starting for Miami next season. He has one more year on his rookie deal and then a potential fifth-year if his team picks up the fifth-year option.