I am surprised that some are not complaining about this here as there are risks involved and those would be of the injury variety.
Here is some of the thought why picking up the 5th year option was a good idea, but there is risk due to injury. I will say it right now ... he will miss 3 games this year due to injury as that is who he has been (but I am hoping not with better protection up front and knowing the offense and his receivers better). I hope this silences the Brady rumors that the media is puking out to us.
Barry Jackson (Miami Herald) wrote:
The Giants’ experience with Daniel Jones shows the risk of not picking up the fifth-year option for a quarterback who flashes potential.
After the Giants bypassed exercising Jones’ fifth-year option by last May’s deadline, Jones had a good season and was given a four-year, $160 million contract this week.
That Giants’ deal for Jones could be worth $195 million with incentives, with $94 million guaranteed but a reasonable first-year cap number ($19 million).
If Tagovailoa is very good and stays healthy next season, the Dolphins could replace the option with a long-term deal with a 2024 cap hit lower than the $23.2 million fifth-year option.
And keep this in mind: Even if Tagovailoa misses games next season but is generally productive when he plays, there’s a good chance he would remain the best realistic quarterback option for 2024. That was one incentive to exercise the option.
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