Tua Tagovailoa Rumors: Latest on Raiders, Dolphins and Redskins Ahead of Draft

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistMarch 2, 2020

INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA - FEBRUARY 25: Tua Tagovailoa #QB17 of Alabama interviews during the first day of the NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 25, 2020 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Alika Jenner/Getty Images)
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If the Cincinnati Bengals select Joe Burrow No. 1 overall as expected, former Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa could be the most intriguing player of the 2020 NFL draft.

The Washington Redskins have reportedly shown interest, but Dan Graziano and Jeremy Fowler of ESPN reported "there's skepticism surrounding the idea that Washington will seriously consider a quarterback at No. 2" after selecting Dwayne Haskins 15th overall last year.

Tagovailoa is reportedly "intrigued" by the idea of pairing with head coach Jon Gruden and the Las Vegas Raiders, who own the 12th pick, but Graziano and Fowler noted the Miami Dolphins are seemingly "locked in" on the lefty with the fifth overall pick.

The Redskins could change everything in April. While Ohio State defensive end Chase Young seems like the obvious pick, nothing is certain.

"They felt like Dwayne was not the guy right now," a source told Safid Deen of the Sun-Sentinel. "They want to bring in Tua, just get it going and compete."

Head coach Ron Rivera has at least confirmed the team is considering other players at the position.

"We met with Tua, and we met with Joe," Rivera said on NFL Network. "And we'll go from there, as far as those things are concerned. But again, we've got to do our due diligence."

Of course, that could all be strategy to force a trade, either from Miami, Las Vegas or someone else.

The Raiders have Derek Carr, but he hasn't taken the next step after making three straight Pro Bowls from 2015 to 2017. Adding Tagovailoa would provide the organization with a new face heading to Vegas.

Still, the Dolphins are the most quarterback-needy team of the bunch with veteran journeyman Ryan Fitzpatrick and the underwhelming Josh Rosen at the moment.


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