Tyreek Hill sends direct message to Tua Tagovailoa after Miami Dolphins officially pick up his 5th-year option

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The Miami Dolphins officially announced their decision to pick up Tua Tagovailoa’s fifth-year option on Monday, and star receiver Tyreek Hill had a message for his quarterback after seeing the news.

Tagovailoa is now set to remain in a Dolphins uniform for at least the 2023 and 2024 seasons. Miami clearly has faith in the 25-year-old and believes he can lead the team to success in the coming seasons.

Whether or not Tagovailoa remains with the Dolphins beyond the 2024 season will likely come down to a few factors: his health, production and future market around the league. The former No. 5 overall pick showed flashes of star potential during the 2022 season, but as fans know well, his health often overshadowed his success.

He suffered two confirmed concussions during the season and missed some key games. His availability is a concern for many moving forward, and football aside, so is his long-term health.

But if Tagovailoa were to stay healthy in the coming seasons and perform at a high level, the only thing standing between him and a long career with the Dolphins would be the possibility of another team stealing him away. That’s something Miami will worry about if and when the time comes.

In the meantime, the quarterback will look to prove in the 2023 season that his relative success this past season was just the beginning. He finished the 2022 campaign with the best quarterback rating in the league, and he led the Dolphins to an 8-5 record in his starts.

Hill is clearly excited about what the future holds for the Hawaii native. The two players formed a nice duo this past season, and Tagovailoa was a major reason why Hill finished the campaign with a career-high 1,710 receiving yards.

Tagovailoa will look to lead the Dolphins back to the playoffs in both the 2023 and 2024 seasons. Time will tell if he gets a chance to do so beyond those two campaigns. Although Miami made the playoffs in the 2022 season, the young passer didn’t get a chance to shine in the postseason due to injury.

With any luck, the coming years will be different.

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