If it were up to Tua Tagovailoa, he would play for the American team this fall.
"If you tell me if I can choose which team to play on with my favorite team, I'll probably tell you the cowboys," Tagovailoa told NFL Network.
The 21-year-old Hawaiian was a contender for number 1 in the NFL Draft 2020 before suffering a hip injury at the end of the season against Mississippi on November 16. The injury was devastating for the Crimson Tide, which missed the playoffs for the first time in six years, and for its blue-chip status.
With LSU Joe Burrow, who is now the alleged top choice, Tagovailoa will be jockeying in the next stage of the draft quarterback, which includes Oregon player Justin Herbert.
"We looked at teams, we talked about teams, we talked to teams," said Tagovailoa. "Someone could act and you could possibly fall or you could go higher. We have talked about all of these scenarios. "
A scenario that Tagovailoa would send to Dallas seems unlikely. In this year's draft, the cowboys choose 17th place behind a number of teams in need of quarterbacks. They already have a franchise quarterback on their squad: Dak Prescott, who expects a strong increase this off-season. The cowboys must either apply the $ 27 million franchise day to Prescott or sign the fourth round selection for a long-term contract in 2016.
Prescott has been one of the lowest paid starting quarterbacks since taking over for injured Tony Romo. His 2019 salary was just over $ 2 million, a significant jump over his previous three-year average of $ 540,000, and he will earn well over $ 30 million in the free market this off-season.
Regardless of how Prescott's contract is going, Tagovailoa says he doesn't mind playing the second cast as he regains his strength.
"I'm not trying to bump [Prescott] – I will study under him, "said Tagovailoa." I would deal with it the way the coaches there want to deal with it. To be honest, I just want to be able to play again. I wouldn't mind learning under the guy who's the starter. Give me a whole year to rest and then go out and compete, but I just want to go out and play. "
Tagovailoa plans to participate in NFL Combine quarterback workouts scheduled for February 27.