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While Tom Brady will be in a Buccaneers uniform come the 2022 NFL season, things could change dramatically for him and his team the year after. Although the Brady to Miami rumors are just a big smokescreen for now, some believe that it still can be a possibility in 2023.

The Dolphins made a big splash in free agency with acquiring star Tyreek Hill, and have another talented wide receiver, Jalen Waddle, who was drafted in the First Round in 2021.

Tua and Jaylen Waddle played together for two seasons at Alabama.

Miami is also loaded at the running back position, especially after acquiring Raheem Mostert, Chase Edmonds, and Sony Michel. They also still have Myles Gaskin and Salvon Ahmed, who have been key players for the offense.

Will Raheem Mostart return to star form for the Dolphins? Fansided // Kyle Terada-USA TODAY

The foundation is set in Miami, now they just need a true QB 1.

The Dolphins had high aspirations when they drafted Tua Tagovailo fifth overall in the 2020 draft, and they have been building the offense around him since. The former Offensive MVP of the 2018 College Football Playoff National Championship, Tua, hasn’t quite been the quarterback the Dolphins hoped him to be.

Miami Dolphins fans counted on early to see the “reincarnation of Russel Wilson” in Tua, due to his dual threat ability, but didn’t factor in Brian Flores and Chan Gailey’s offensive scheme.

The criticism about Tua has been lack of arm strength, and shortage of downfield throws. According to rollbamaroll.com, in 2020, he finished 30th out of 37 qualifying quarterbacks in YPA — a stat largely driven by downfield throws.

Tyreek Hill will certainly help Tua and Miami’s hinderance on big play ability, and should evolve the offense greatly. The pass catchers the Dolphins have at running back will also give their QB more options.

The pieces are there for Tua, and so is pressure. He will have to perform well and early, in order to remain a starter on this upgraded offense.

If Tua struggles, and Miami keeps these offensive weapons intact for the following season, one can wonder how aggressive the Dolphins front office will be in free agency. Could Miami shell out at the quarterback position, for a true star and veteran like Tom Brady?

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