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Dolphins officially exercise QB Tua Tagovailoa’s fifth-year option

The Dolphins have officially exercised quarterback Tua Tagovailoa’s fifth-year option, the team announced Monday, keeping him under contract through the 2024 season.

A league source confirmed to the Miami Herald two weeks ago that the organization had informed Tagovailoa, 25, of the decision. Tagovailoa’s 2023 base salary of $1.01 million will now be fully guaranteed, as will his 2024 base salary of $23 million.

The decision to pick up the option is a show of faith from the organization in Tagovailoa, who led the NFL in passer rating in a breakout season but was sidelined by five games because of a pair of diagnosed concussions. Grier said that medical professionals told him Tagovailoa is not any more prone to concussions. Tagovailoa has also been taking on jiu-jitsu this offseason to work on the way he falls in an attempt to avoid head injuries.

Tagovailoa is also eligible for an extension this offseason. Grier said at the NFL Scouting Combine that Tagovailoa’s injury history would not dissuade him from making a long-term commitment.