The Dolphins have named Tua Tagovailoa as their starting quarterback for the future, reports Adam Schefter of ESPN.
The news is a bit of a surprise considering the Dolphins is just one game that doesn't rank first at AFC East, and starting quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick played really well. Fitzpatrick has scored three touchdowns in three of his last four games and has crossed 300 passes three times this season.
Fitzpatrick ranks 12th in total number of passing yards (1,535), fifth in completion rate (70.1), 13th in touchdown passes (10), and seventh in QBR metric of ESPN (79.6). In other words, he played above average and is a big reason the Dolphins 2020 got off to a great start.
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Given Fitzpatrick's strong season, it's not unreasonable to assume he'll have some value before the league's close on November 3rd. And a team that makes perfect sense are the cowboys.
Dallas struggled with Andy Dalton as a starter in his first game when he ended up with 266 yards on 54 tries (an ugly 4.93 yards per try). Dalton also threw two interceptions in the game and had that really terrible pass.
With Dak Prescott losing for the season, the Cowboys could use a quarterback to help them make it to the playoffs. Because despite their difficult start to the season, the Cowboys in NFC East are still in first place with a 2-4 record.
If Dalton continues to fight, then one step for Fitzpatrick makes perfect sense. Miami has no longer any use for Fitzpatrick as he was used as a stopgap QB before the No. 2 draft pick took over. Sure, it can offer Tagovailoa a veteran presence, but getting something of value in a deal will be more beneficial to the franchise.
This step would also make sense for the cowboys as Fitzpatrick can be traded for a cheap price. After the season he becomes an unrestricted free agent so Miami wouldn't claim the world for him. Fitzpatrick's contract also allows the Cowboys to depart from the seasoned quarterback at the end of the season as Prescott gets well for 2021 (assuming the Cowboys close Prescott on a long-term deal in the off-season).
Lots of people were able to put these pieces together, and Fitzpatrick-to-Dallas made some noise on Twitter soon after Tagovailoa was named the Dolphins' starting quarterback.
* whispers in the general direction from Dallas * Ryan Fitzpatrick would win the NFC East
– Mina Kimes (@minakimes) October 20, 2020
And can we bring a Ryan Fitzpatrick deal to Dallas to save Cooper / Lamb / Gallup / Schultz / etc?
– Mike Clay (@MikeClayNFL) October 20, 2020