MIAMI – Stephen Ross, the owner of Dolphins, doesn't understand everything Tom Brady says about Miami. He loves the legendary quarterback but doesn't think he fits his team.
"We are a team that is evolving," Ross told the Palm Beach Post and other local reporters Friday after recording a segment for a show at Bloomberg News at the Power Players Summit. "I don't know why he wants to join the dolphins. He is the toughest competitor. He is a winner. We are in a phase with the Dolphins in which we are trying to build a team for the future.
"He's the greatest ever. I don't know why everyone writes about it. Hey, people need something to write about."
Speculation about Brady's future has been so great that even his cryptic tweets are being analyzed, but the Dolphins owner appears to have taken only one team off the board.
When it comes to the Dolphins' hunt for a franchise quarterback, it doesn't sound like Ross was sold to Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, who is still suffering from hip surgery after an injury in a game against the state of Mississippi in November recovered.
Tagovailoa recently had kind words when asked if he wanted to play for the Dolphins who have the number 5 in the NFL draft. But Ross doesn't seem to be certain that Tagovailoa will be the player he was before the injury.
"I was down there to see him," said Ross. “Tua is a great player. I'm just worried about his health. … The trainers really make the decisions about the draft decisions. We have to look at how he is doing and what are the alternatives. "
Even if the Dolphins pass Tagovailoa, Ross wants to design a rookie quarterback to complement Ryan Fitzpatrick.
"I think (Fitzpatricks) fits our team coming back well," said Ross. "Sure we're going to design a quarterback. Ryan Fitzpatrick is 37 and will be 38. We know that he isn't the future of the franchise. But he's a great person. He's a great mentor. And he's the type you want. "
Oregon’s Justin Herbert and Utah State Jordan Love are other quarterbacks that are expected to move in the first round and may arouse the Dolphins' interest.