The New England Patriots lost their leader a few seasons ago, but it looks like the Tampa Bay Buccaneers weren’t the only team to show interest in the GOAT. The Miami Dolphins tampered with quarterback Tom Brady in his final year with the New England Patriots. Miami was punished and the team lost the 2023 first-round pick and 2024 third-round pick.
“The Dolphins had impermissible communications with quarterback Tom Brady in 2019-20, while he was under contract to the New England Patriots,” the league report states. “Those communications began as early as August 2019 and continued throughout the 2019 season and post-season. These numerous and detailed discussions were conducted by Mr. (Bruce) Beal, who in turn kept Mr. Ross and other Dolphins executives informed of his discussions with Mr. Brady.”
The Miami Dolphins really wanted Tom Brady
Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross “earned” a $1.5 million fine and a suspension through Oct. 17. He is not allowed to enter the Dolphins facility and he was also removed from all league committees. Dolphins vice chairman Bruce Beal also received a $500,000 fine. He won’t attend league meetings in 2022.
Miami wanted Brady badly and tried to get him again. They tampered with the GOAT after his championship win with the Buccaneers. Miami wanted the quarterback to become a limited partner in the organization and even serve as a football executive. Ross and Beal took part in the discussions.
“The Dolphins again had impermissible communications with both Mr. Brady and his agent during and after the 2021 season, while he was under contract to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers,” the report stated. “Those discussions began no later than early December 2021 and focused on Mr. Brady becoming a limited partner in the Dolphins and possibly serving as a football executive, although at times they also included the possibility of his playing for the Dolphins. Both Messrs, Ross and Beal were active participants in these discussions.”
The Patriots are minding their business right now and Bill Belichick is not interested in discussing the whole tampering situation. He is busy rebuilding his own team.