- Tom Brady remained coy about his NFL future
- Sources report Brady joining the Miami Dolphins could finally happen in the 2023 offseason
- It was originally scheduled to take place before the 2022 season
Speculation surrounding Tom Brady’s NFL future is back in the headlines despite his Tampa Bay Buccaneers entering the playoffs, and a move to the Miami Dolphins may well be in the cards this time around. .
As one of Pro Football Talk’s sources reported, the possibility of Brady in a Dolphins jersey is “definitely on the table” due to the franchise’s uncertainty with Tua Tagovailoa under center.
They also noted that if Brady were to come to Miami, Tagovailoa could serve as his understudy and learn a thing or two under the seven-time Super Bowl champion, but there’s also a chance he could be traded as well.
“Tagovailoa could also be traded, should the Dolphins find a partner willing to take on the concussion risks that are now very real when it comes to putting Tua on the field,” they wrote.
Although the Dolphins clinched a playoff berth in the AFC with a 9-8 record, much of their season saw them in the spotlight due to Tagovailoa’s concussion issues.
In Week 3 action against the Buffalo Bills, Tagovailoa hit his head on the turf and was seen trying to shake his head to regain consciousness before losing his balance.
While the player himself admitted he was supposed to have hypertensed his back, it certainly looked like a concussion to most viewers.
The Alabama product went into concussion protocols again after their loss to the Green Bay Packers on Christmas Day and remains on the sidelines because of it, with substitute quarterback Skylar Thompson on pace to begin.
As for Brady and the Dolphins, the five-time Super Bowl champion practically admitted that he had conversations with Miami when asked about the situation although he did not speak about it directly at a press conference in June last year.
A deal certainly seemed in place for Brady to be in Miami, but a discrimination lawsuit filed by former Dolphins head coach Brian Flores against owner Stephen Ross, which included allegations of bonus winnings for losing during of the 2019 season and the recruitment of a “prominent quarterback” has derailed such plans.
The quarterback in question was later identified as Brady and later determined that the franchise spoke with former New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton while he was still with them.
Front Office Sports reported that Brady, who was retired at the time, was going to be introduced as part-owner of the Dolphins and planned to sue Payton – all of this was dropped due to Flores’ lawsuit which was filed the same day as Brady’s retirement.
Brady has yet to commit to returning to Tampa Bay before the 2023 season, leaving the door open for a jump to the Dolphins.