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Tua Tagovailoa misses Dolphins OTA day to attend Saban's charity golf tournament – NBC 6 South Florida

Tua Tagovailoa was absent from the Miami Dolphins' organized team activities on Tuesday, apparently for a very good reason.

He attended a charity golf tournament in Alabama hosted by now-retired Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban, his college coach – an absence the Dolphins were perfectly fine with.

However, Tagovailoa has also missed some time in recent weeks for non-golf-related reasons, presumably during talks between his representative and the team about an extension that could push the salary of Miami's starting quarterback to about $50 million per year.

“He was here for the off-season activities. He wasn't here for the off-season activities. He was both,” Dolphins coach Mike McDaniel said. “I think communication is important in the relationship between player and coach. However things go, as long as we communicate and agree on what we need to achieve, we have a real chance. It was good practice for our relationship this offseason.”

Tagovailoa was with the Dolphins for the start of OTAs on Monday. He was expected back in the Miami area on Tuesday after the tournament.

McDaniel did not comment on whether Tagovailoa's other absences in recent weeks were due to contract negotiations.

“I don't make it a habit to speak for other people's mouths,” McDaniel said. “I'll let you ask Tua.”

Tagovailoa is entering his fifth season with the Dolphins and the fourth year was by far the most successful of his tenure. He started all 17 games for the first time – he averaged 11 starts in his first three seasons – and finished his career with a career-high 4,624 yards, a 69% completion rate and 29 touchdown passes.

“Last season was a big year for Tua, being able to play the entire season at the pro level and also playing with the same offense and the same player two years in a row,” said McDaniel – who is the player-caller. “And in doing that, you can figure out for yourself where there are different areas where you can improve your game … and I think the results speak for themselves.”

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