Dolphins Severely Punished For Brady and Payton Tampering

The Miami Dolphins were caught with their hands in the cookie jar.

In February, Brian Flores, a former Dolphins coach (particularly during the alleged “Tank for Tua” season), sued the NFL and the Dolphins for racism within the organization.

Flores said he was instructed to refuel and was reportedly offered $100,000 for every loss this season. The team won 5 games this season, including some late in the season. Flores claims front office members are upset with the victories, which “endanger the team’s draft position.”

However, the investigation never turned up anything about intentional tanking or organizational racism. What came to light was a whole lot of manipulation.

The league has found that the Dolphins, specifically team owner Stephen Ross and vice chairman Bruce Beal, violated the league’s anti-tampering policy over two names intended to draw the attention of Saints fans.

Apparently, these manipulative conversations were held with Tom Brady and then-Saints head coach Sean Payton.

Dolphins officials tried to force Brady to Miami while he was still in New England and again at the end of last season when he was considering retiring from the Buccaneers. In this conversation, the discussion focused on Brady as a potential leader and partner of the team, so a playing position was also discussed.

In both cases, the dolphins didn’t go through the proper channels to have these conversations.

Finally, and most importantly, it was discovered that the Dolphins had what the NFL calls “improper communications” with agent Don Yee, who represents both Brady and head coach Sean Payton.

The Dolphins appeared to be looking to Payton as their new head coach. However, they had not asked the Saints for permission to start the talks, a process that is mandatory in the NFL.

Payton retired later that same month.

I can’t help but think that doesn’t feel like a coincidence.

The Dolphins were stripped of their 2023 first-round pick and 2024 third-round pick, and executives Stephen Ross and Bruce Beal were fined $1.5 million and $500,000, respectively. Both are also suspended from team activities.

Perhaps in another world where the Dolphins get this right, there’s a duo of Sean Payton and Tom Brady terrorizing the AFC East late in their careers.


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