Dolphins Ready for Start of Last Phase of Offseason

The Miami Dolphins begin OTAs on Monday and a report from The Athletic that Tua Tagovailoa indeed is in attendance
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The Miami Dolphins are kicking off the last part of the offseason program Monday, and maybe the biggest question involved already has been answered.

Quarterback Tua Tagovailoa reported to the Baptist Health Training Complex on Monday, according to The Athletic's Diana Russini, this after it was reported over the weekend that he had missed most of the offseason program as he continues to look for a contract extension.

While the entire offseason program is voluntary except for the three-day minicamp June 4-6, staying away from the spring work often is used for players to show their displeasure about their contract status.

Tagovailoa showing up for Phase Three, which includes Organized Team Activities (OTAs) and the minicamp, confirms what he told reports during the third annual Luau With Tua a little more than a month ago.

“Just letting my agent deal with that and talk to the team about that,” Tagovailoa said then. “For me, my focus is when OTAs come, go to OTAs, show up and be the best teammate I can be.”

The OTAs kicked off one day after ESPN's Jeremy Fowler reported that Tua, through his representation, had rejected a Dolphins contract offer. This actually isn't overly dramatic considering each side making contract offers and the other countering is all part of the negotiating process.

And GM Chris Grier said in the offseason, more than once, that this could be a tricky negotiation that could take a while.

Having said all that, it still is good to see Tua showing up for the OTAs.

WHAT PHASE THREE OF THE OFFSEASON PROGRAM MEANS

Phase Three of the offseason program offers each NFL team the opportunity to conduct as many as 10 OTAs, along with the three-day minicamp, but the Dolphins have chosen to have only six OTAs for a third consecutive year.

The Dolphins, it should be noted, are not the only team that use this quallity-over-quantity approach.

The Dolphins will have OTAs Monday, Tuesday and Thursday this week, followed by Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday next week before they conclude their offseason program with the minicamp.

During OTAs, no live contact is permitted, but 7-on-7, 9-on-7, and 11-on-11 drills are allowed.


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ALAIN POUPART

Alain Poupart is the publisher/editor of AllDolphins.com and co-host of the All Dolphins Podcast. Alain has covered the Miami Dolphins on a full-time basis since 1989 for various publications and media outlets, including Dolphin Digest, The Associated Press, the Dolphins team website, and the Fan Nation Network (part of Sports Illustrated). In addition to being a credentialed member of the Miami Dolphins press corps, Alain has covered three Super Bowls (for NFL.com, Football News and the Montreal Gazette), the annual NFL draft, the Senior Bowl, and the NFL Scouting Combine. During his almost 40 years in journalism, which began at the now-defunct Miami News, Alain has covered practically every sport at one time or another, from tennis to golf, baseball, basketball and everything in between. The career also included time as a copy editor, including work on several books such as "Still Perfect," an inside look at the Miami Dolphins' 1972 perfect season. A native of Montreal, Canada, whose first language is French, Alain grew up a huge hockey fan but soon developed a love for all sports, including NFL football. He has lived in South Florida since the 1980s.