Miami Dolphins News, April 16: Jaylen Waddle Potentially Due for an Extension After DeVonta Smith’s Deal, Tua Tagovailoa Attends Voluntary Workouts, and More

Is Miami Dolphins wide receiver Jaylen Waddle due for a new deal following DeVonta Smith's extension? The latest in Dolphins news.

Miami Dolphins wide receiver Jaylen Waddle may be in line for a lucrative extension of his own, coming off of the heels of his former Alabama teammate earning one.

Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeVonta Smith just received a three-year extension that now runs through the 2028 NFL season worth $75 million.

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Jaylen Waddle Potentially Due for an Extension After DeVonta Smith’s Deal

Pro Football Network’s Adam H. Beasley discussed how Smith’s contract could assist the Dolphins and Waddle’s agent in the framework of a new deal. Waddle has played in three fewer games (47) than Smith (50) in his career but has still outpaced him in receptions (251 to 240) and receiving yards (3,385 to 3,178). Smith, however, does hold the edge in receiving touchdowns (19 to 18).

“While we don’t expect Waddle’s total value in any new deal (including 2024 and 2025 money) will reach the $27.3 million AAV that Spotrac estimates, there’s no doubt that he will fetch one of the most lucrative receiver contracts in history.

“Waddle’s value is probably a fraction more than Smith’s at this point because the former is owed a million dollars more than the latter this season. So a fair estimate on the total value on a new Waddle contract would be five years, $95 million.”

Tua Tagovailoa Attends Voluntary Workouts

Tua Tagovailoa is still on his rookie contract and hasn’t received an extension. Yet, he decided to show up to voluntary team workouts on Monday.

“Good morning, good morning,” Tagovailoa said to the Dolphins’ camera crew. “Yup, like we never left.”

Tagovailoa is entering his fifth-year option, worth $23.171 million this season. The 26-year-old quarterback has passed for 12,639 yards and 81 touchdowns over the course of four seasons since being drafted fifth overall in the 2020 NFL Draft.

Dolphins Strength of Schedule Puts Team at No. 17

PFN’s Dallas Robinson ranked each NFL team by its strength of schedule, with the Dolphins coming in 17th.

“Few teams lost more talent during the 2024 NFL offseason than the Dolphins, who saw DT Christian Wilkins, G Robert Hunt, EDGE Andrew Van Ginkel, and others walk out the door in free agency,” Robinson wrote.

“Miami papered over many of its holes with smart, modestly priced deals and will now try to win its first AFC East title since 2008.”

13 Day 2 Picks That Are Fits for Miami

There are a number of Day 2 prospects that could make sense for the Dolphins. Beasley details 13 players, including Washington wide receiver Ja’Lynn Polk, Penn State edge rusher Adisa Isaac, and South Carolina wide receiver Xavier Legette, among others.

PFN Draft Analyst Ian Cummings gave his thoughts on Polk in the Washington WR’s draft profile:

“Polk passes the desired athleticism threshold with excellent explosiveness, agility, and smooth fluidity in all phases,” Cummings wrote. “And while he’s not a burner, he has enough speed to stress vertically and create late-snap separation on tight throws.”

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