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DAVIE, Fla. — The Miami Dolphins have been planning for the 2020 offseason for a long time, and in the coming months, the next step in the rebuild continues with more roster turnover.

With 14 projected NFL draft picks (including three first-round picks) and a projected $100 million-plus in salary-cap space, Dolphins general manager Chris Grier has a bevy of options to overhaul the team that went 5-11 in 2019.

This is the most important offseason for the Miami franchise in recent memory because of all those options, primarily centered on what the Dolphins do at the quarterback position.

Here’s the most pertinent topics as we await free agency, the draft, minicamps and more:

Is it QB or bust for Miami in the upcoming draft?

The Dolphins have been searching for their franchise quarterback since Dan Marino retired 20 years ago. After passing on quarterbacks in the top six rounds in every draft since selecting Ryan Tannehill in 2012, it appears time for Miami to take its shot. Or, is it?

The Dolphins are not obligated to draft a QB in 2020, according to Grier, who has said: “I’m not trivializing the quarterback position. We’re going to investigate that hard just like every position in the draft and free agency.”

It’s unclear whether the Dolphins would kick the can down the road another year, or if this is just gamesmanship in order to not give other teams around them the ultimate draft-day leverage. The Dolphins have plenty of position needs such as offensive tackle, edge rusher and running back, but nothing moves the needle like a future franchise quarterback.

The prospect to watch is Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, who could be available when Miami picks at No. 5. The Dolphins might be considered the favorites to land Tagovailoa considering he has been tied to them for close to a year (i.e., #TankforTua) and many folks in league circles believe the Cincinnati Bengals will draft LSU QB Joe Burrow with the No. 1 pick, leaving Tagovailoa or Oregon’s Justin Herbert as the next best options.

What happens with the Dolphins’ current QBs?

Grier said the plan “right now” is for Ryan Fitzpatrick and Josh Rosen to both be on the Dolphins’ roster for offseason workouts. Much of that is still in flux depending on whether Fitzpatrick, 37, returns for his 16th season and if the Dolphins want to invest in Rosen.

The most likely scenario is Fitzpatrick, the veteran gunslinger coming off a solid 2019 season who admits that retirement would be harder than playing football, returns for the 2020 season. He is under contract for $8 million with half of it guaranteed, and could start until a rookie quarterback is ready to take his place.

A Fitzpatrick and Tagovailoa combination for 2020 could be a wise route for the Dolphins.

Rosen’s future is more murky as he spent the final 11 games of the season on the bench because Fitzpatrick outplayed him. The Dolphins appear set to give Rosen another offseason to develop under new offensive coordinator Chan Gailey, but an offseason trade can’t be ruled out either.

Grier recently defended the move to acquire Rosen via trade, saying, “we’ll always take chances if we think it makes sense for us to try and improve the roster.”

The deal hasn’t been a success thus far.

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