By: Brandon Liguori
Pen to paper. Tua Tagovailoa, a first-round draft choice this past April, is officially a part of the Miami Dolphins’ organization. Tagovailoa signed his rookie contract Monday afternoon, which comes to $30,275, 438 over a four-year span, including a $19,578,500 signing bonus. Tagovailoa’s contract is fully guaranteed. Eight years ago, the Dolphins signed then-rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill to a four-year, $12,668,843 contract with a $7,653,456 signing bonus.
Although Tannehill was awarded a second contract, season-ending injuries in 2016 and 2017 caused Tannehill to miss 14 games, as the Dolphins qualified for postseason play one time in Tannehill’s seven seasons under center. Tagovailoa, who spent three seasons with Nick Saban at Alabama, is the seventh highest-paid Dolphin entering 2020 behind Byron Jones, Xavien Howard, Kyle Van Noy, Ereck Flowers, Shaq Lawson and DeVante Parker.
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