MIAMI -- Tua Tagovailoa, who boasts the NFL's best-selling jersey without having played a league game, signed a four-year deal worth $30.28 million Monday with the Miami Dolphins, according to an NFL website posting.
The 22-year-old Hawaiian quarterback of Samoan heritage led Alabama to the US college crown for the 2017 season and was the fifth selection in last month's NFL Draft.
His rookie contract reportedly is guaranteed with a fifth-year option and a guaranteed signing bonus of $19.6 million.
That will more than cover the cost of the black Cadillac SUV he presented his mother, Diana, on Sunday as a Mother's Day gift, sending out video of the moment on social media.
Tagovailoa is also making money for the Dolphins already, with his number one aqua Miami jersey the top selling NFL jersey since last month's NFL Draft. The number two seller is his white road game Dolphins jersey.
Tagovailoa, who grew up with and was mentored by Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Marcus Mariota, selected 1 because his college jersey number, 13, was not available, having already been retired because it was worn by Dolphins legend Dan Marino.
Since his selection, Tagovailoa has even outsold another Florida newcomer, Tampa Bay Buccaneers signal caller Tom Brady.
Six-time Super Bowl winner Brady, who left the New England Patriots to join the Bucs, has the next four top-selling jerseys in various hues with his once and future teammate, Bucs tight end Rob Gronkowski, ranking seventh on the sales list.
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