Tua Tagovailoa insists the Miami Dolphins are still "all in" on him and he has described the Tom Brady chatter as "just the noise at this point." Just a week ago, the NFL fined the Dolphins for tampering with Brady in 2019 and 2021.
The Dolphins seemingly wanted to replace Tagovailoa with Brady after the 2021 season but the seven-time Super Bowl champion remained with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after un-retiring. On Wednesday, the Dolphins and Buccaneers held a joint practice.
After the practice, Tagovailoa addressed all the noise regarding the Dolphins' alleged attempt to replace him with Brady. "Yeah, I mean, I'm still here," Tagovailoa said, per ESPN. "To me, that's all noise at this point."
Tagovailoa trying to block out all the noise
"I would say the only thing that gets frustrating is if you hear it every day or if you see it every day," Tagovailoa said.
"For me, I eliminate all of that. Don't hear it. Don't see it. I go home, go to my family, study, wake up the next day, come back and enjoy football. I hear everything obviously from the media and then when [the communications staff] preps me for whatever you guys are going to say, then I'm like, 'Ah, I've got to answer this.
All right, let me figure out something politically correct to say.' " Mike McDaniel, who was hired by the Dolphins this offseason, said he is looking at the whole situation as if "nothing happened." "For me, nothing happened.
Everyone else is the one making it awkward," McDaniel said. "It doesn't occupy a single iota of space with anybody. It's hard enough to be good in this league. As the Miami Dolphins, all of our energy is very coordinated and only has to do with us getting better and everything else would be an opportunity cost that we're not willing to expend."