Alabama Football: Dolphins need to invest in Tua’s O-line

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Alabama football’s Tua Tagovailoa is facing similar problems.

When the Miami Dolphins drafted Alabama football‘s Tua Tagovailoa, they had one of the worst offensive lines in the NFL. After all, they had recently traded away the best young left tackle in football, and no other investment into the position was paying off.

Two years later, the Dolphins may have a worse offensive line. It has limited Tua’s development, and the lack of protection has led to him suffering more injuries over his NFL career.

Thankfully for fans of the Dolphins and Alabama football players, Miami has an opportunity to fix this problem. They entered free agency with plenty of cap space, and there were plenty of upgrades available on the offensive line.

The bad news is that Miami has only made one signing on the line. Connor Williams will play guard for the Dolphins, but Miami currently plans to run it back with four starters from last year.

With a new head coach and tens of millions in cap space, this was supposed to be a turning point for the team. Unless they invest more in the offensive line, this roster has a low ceiling. Other teams are gearing up to compete for a Super Bowl, but Tua will be fighting for his life in the pocket without another signing.

The good news is that there is still time to fix this. Plenty of linemen are available, and almost all of them would be an upgrade. However, the fact that the Dolphins haven’t signed another tackle yet is a bad sign. Unless they get one of the top-tier free agents available, this team is destined for another year of mediocre offensive line play.

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In his third year, you would love to see what Tua could do. The front office isn’t doing enough to build around him, and it is hurting his ability to grow as a franchise quarterback.