Tua Tagovailoa’s Brother Claims He Was Offered $1.5 Million To Transfer To SEC School

In the wake of the introduction of Name, Image, and Likeness rights for NCAA athletes, the landscape of college sports has seen a significant shift.

With cash offers now on the table, athletes have been presented with enticing incentives to consider transferring to other programs.

Maryland quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa recently made headlines when he disclosed that he was offered an astounding sum to leave his current program, a temptation he might have succumbed to under different circumstances.

Speaking at Big Ten Media Day, Tagovailoa revealed that he had been approached with a mouthwatering proposal from an undisclosed SEC team. Although he chose not to name the specific program, reports from The Athletic suggest that the monetary figure was a staggering $1.5 million.

The lucrative offer undoubtedly created a dilemma for the young quarterback and caused many sleepless nights for his head coach, Mike Locksley.

Commenting on the situation, Locksley acknowledged the eye-opening nature of such offers and the potential impact they could have on student-athletes.

“It can be eye-opening, but I think for my situation – if I was in a different situation where maybe I didn’t have a brother in the NFL or maybe my parents, it’d be a different story,” Tagovailoa explained during the media session.

At just 23 years old, Tagovailoa has already carved an impressive legacy for himself at Maryland. Holding records for single-season and all-time completions and passing yards, he has become a pivotal figure in the Terrapins program.

Throughout the past two seasons with Maryland, Tagovailoa has showcased his talent, earning Second-Team All-Big Ten honors in 2022 and amassing over 6,800 passing yards and 44 touchdowns.

Despite the enormous financial enticement, the young quarterback engaged in thoughtful reflection and sought advice from his older brother, Tua Tagovailoa, who is the starting quarterback for the Miami Dolphins.

Ultimately, Taulia chose to prioritize the relationships he had built and his commitment to the Maryland program over a potential mega payday.

“It would be hard for me to go to another place and not be happy but have all the money in the world,” Tagovailoa explained. “(I’d rather) be at a place where maybe I don’t have as much, but I’m happy and I’m here to work.”

His decision to remain loyal to the Terrapins has been met with admiration from fans and supporters, who value his dedication to the team and his desire to leave a lasting legacy on and off the field.

What are your thoughts about the world of NIL?

Clearly, it’s become an extremely slippery slope – and will continue to be so, no matter what guardrails they end up putting in.