MIAMI — Dolphins owner Stephen Ross doesn’t understand all the Tom Brady-to-Miami talk, saying he loves the legendary quarterback but doesn’t believe he’s a “fit” for his team.
“We’re a team that’s building,” Ross told the Palm Beach Post and other local reporters on Friday after taping a segment for a show on Bloomberg News at The Power Players Summit. “I don’t know why he would want to come to the Dolphins. He’s the fiercest competitor. He’s a winner. We’re at a stage with the Dolphins where we’re trying to build a team for the future.
“He’s the greatest of all time. I don’t know why that’s what everybody is writing about. Hey, people need something to write about.”
The speculation of Brady’s future has been so high that even his cryptic tweets are being analyzed, but it seems like the Dolphins owner just took one team off the board.
As for the Dolphins’ hunt for a franchise quarterback, it doesn’t sound like Ross is sold on Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, who is still recovering from hip surgery after suffering the injury in a game against Mississippi State in November.
Tagovailoa recently had kind words when asked if he would want to play for the Dolphins, who have the No. 5 pick in the NFL draft. But Ross doesn’t sound like he’s sure Tagovailoa will be the player he was before the injury.
“I’ve been down there to see him,” Ross said. “Tua is a great player. I just worry about his health. … The coaches really make the decisions on the draft choices. We have to look at what his health is and see what the alternatives are.”
Even if the Dolphins pass on Tagovailoa, Ross said the team is looking to draft a rookie quarterback to complement Ryan Fitzpatrick.
“I think (Fitzpatrick’s) a good fit for our team coming back,” Ross said. “Certainly we’re going to be drafting a quarterback. Ryan Fitzpatrick is 37 and will be 38. We know he’s not the future of the franchise. But he’s a great person. He’s a great mentor. And he’s the kind of guy you want.”
Oregon’s Justin Herbert and Utah State’s Jordan Love are other quarterbacks who are expected to be draft in the first round and could pique the Dolphins’ interest.
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