Report: Tua Tagovailoa does not want the Lions to draft him

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There’s a lot of information coming from Tua Tagovailoa‘s camp this week. Agent Leigh Steinberg made news on Thursday by seemingly blasting the Cincinnati Bengals before backtracking on those comments.

Earlier in the day, a report indicated that Tagovailoa would prefer to be selected by the Miami Dolphins in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft.

Now comes this rather interesting piece of information from Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald noting that Tua would prefer for the Lions to pass on him in the draft. He’d also like for Miami to trade up from the fifth spot to No. 3 overall with Detroit to take the quarterback.

“Sources close to Tagovailoas say the Alabama quarterback would love for the Dolphins to trade up to No. 3 to select him,” the report read. “Those same sources say they don’t love the idea of Detroit actually picking Tua because of the arc of that team’s current coaching situation.”

It’s now time to wonder whether this entire situation is going to have an Eli Manning feel to it. Remember, the recently-retired former New York Giants quarterback forced a trade from the then-San Diego Chargers to Jersey back in 2004.

Though, there’s some sense to be made of this. As noted, the Lions’ coaching situation is not great. Matt Patricia is coming off yet another down season in his second year as their head coach and has posted a combined 9-22-1 record in that role.

On the other hand, Dolphins head coach Brian Flores impressed big time in his first season in South Beach. The Dolphins finished up this past regular season with two more wins than Detroit and won five of their final nine games.

Common logic seems to suggest that Miami will find a way to land Tua in the 2020 NFL Draft. It just remains to be seen how that will come to fruition.