Tua Tagovailoa got some outstanding news on the injury recovery front Monday, which bodes extremely well for his 2020 NFL Draft stock.
The skinny: One of the most-talented pure passers to hit the NFL in years, Tagovailoa is going to be a hot commodity if his recovery from hip surgery continues to go smoothly.
What it means: Every team that isn’t sold on its current quarterback will be watching Tagovailoa very closely this spring.
Long story short, there’s going to be a high-stakes game of chicken being played by NFL general managers this spring. It’s becoming increasingly clear a team will have to trade up to land Tagovailoa, unless you’re the Washington Redskins, Detroit Lions and New York Giants — teams that have quarterbacks.
With that in mind, the following five teams have to consider taking the plunge and mortgaging the future for the chance to land an elite quarterback.
The Dolphins have been mentioned as a team that has wanted Tagovailoa badly going all the way back to before last season. The rumor mill continues to bang the drum on this, with one report signaling Miami could trade all the way up to No. 2 overall to land the former Crimson Tide star.
Philip Rivers is not coming back. That’s official. Tyrod Taylor is signed and could be a solution, but the Chargers almost certainly are aiming to build for the future now that the Rivers era is in the past.
All reports point to Carolina looking to trade Cam Newton. Will Grier doesn’t appear to be the answer, and neither does Kyle Allen. Rookie head coach Matt Rhule could change the offense in a hurry by landing Tagovailoa to run it from the start in 2020.
Derek Carr appears to be on the outs. Tom Brady has been discussed as his replacement as the Raiders move to Las Vegas. But imagine if Jon Gruden had the tough-minded, uber-talented Tagovailoa at his disposal. That’s football heaven right there.
In stunning news, the Patriots reportedly want Tom Brady to test free agency this year.
From NFL Now: #Patriots owner Robert Kraft felt the best outcome for all parties in 2020 would come after Tom Brady tested free agency. An explanation for why he agreed to let it happen pic.twitter.com/9UkM6aZp2w— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) February 10, 2020
That changes everything for Bill Belichick and Co. With that in mind, it would be a stroke of genius to stun the NFL world by trading up for Tagovailoa to usher New England into yet another era of dominance.