The Miami Dolphins are all-in on quarterback Tua Tagovailoa. They passed on the Deshaun Watson sweepstakes, signed two starting offensive linemen, multiple running backs, a starting WR, and traded multiple draft picks for Tyreek Hill. On paper, the Dolphins have set Tagovailoa up for better success than most young quarterbacks can dream of.
However, this all begs the question. How did the Dolphins go from being obsessed with Deshaun Watson in 2021, to all the way back in on Tagovailoa in 2022?
What if they didn’t enter the offseason with Tua in mind? What if they thought they were getting someone else at quarterback? Someone named Tom Brady, perhaps?
The Dolphins were/are reportedly interested in Tom Brady
According to NESN’s Dale Arnold (the guy who first broke Tom Brady joining the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2020), there is some legitimate truth to the idea that Brady could be joining the Dolphins sometime soon.
Brady and the Dolphins were reportedly in contact way back in 2019, when Brady first started getting the idea of leaving New England in free agency. This news infamously came out during Brian Flores’ lawsuit against the NFL. He highlighted being asked to meet with a different team’s starting QB during the regular season in a recruiting effort (one can reasonably assume this was Brady).
In Arnold’s above-pinned tweet, he suggests Brady and the Dolphins could be looking to team up in 2023. It makes sense. The Dolphins just loaded up on win-now type players, Brady already lives in Florida, and he’s already contemplated joining the Dolphins in the past.
Not to mention, signing with Miami would allow him to face former HC Bill Belichick twice a year.
New Dolphins HC Mike McDaniel calls these rumors ‘fake news’
It’s unknown if the Dolphins tried to get Brady this current offseason. It would have required the Buccaneers to trade the future Hall of Famer to Miami, which sounds like an impossibility. Tampa Bay is desperately trying to win another Super Bowl. They’re not giving away Brady that easily.
With all that said, new Dolphins HC Mike McDaniel did his best to put all these Brady rumors to rest when questioned about the topic Monday morning. He called them “fake news.”
Of course, it’s not like McDaniel can come out and publicly state his front office has an interest in another team’s quarterback. That’s tampering, and it would surely unsettle Tagovailoa.
What next for Miami on the Tom Brady front?
Brady won’t be joining the Dolphins in 2022. That much is obvious. However, it’ll certainly be interesting to see how Miami approaches this topic in 2023. Assuming Brady is willing to extend his NFL career by another season, he’ll be one of the most sought-after free agents in NFL history next offseason.
Even at 46 years old, Brady would turn whatever team he signs with into instant Super Bowl contenders.
A lot of this hinges on how Tagovailoa performs this season. The Dolphins gifted him an incredible roster — all excuses should be thrown out the window. If he can’t lead Miami on a deep playoff run, it makes perfect sense for the front office to begin looking for his replacement again.
With Brady likely hitting the market as a free agent next spring, that feels like a good place to start for the Dolphins.
McDaniel can call these rumors “fake news” all he wants. There’s simply too much smoke around this one to ignore. It will be an ongoing topic throughout the 2022 NFL season.