SJ - April 9, 2022
The rumor mill has been busy this offseason. One rumor that has been out there since after Tom Brady retired then un-retired is that he and Saints head coach Sean Payton were planning to team up with the Dolphins in Miami.
I don't know if he started the rumor, but Mike Florio doubled down on it again this week. He says that plan, prior to Flores lawsuit against the team and others, was for the Dolphins to acquire Payton and bring on Brady as their quarterback with an ownership stake in the team.
From Pro Football Talk:
When we reported on February 28 that the Dolphins had planned to pursue a Sean Payton/Tom Brady package deal, the Dolphins privately acknowledged that they had contacted the Saints about the possibility of hiring Payton. As to Brady, the Dolphins privately acknowledged that there had been discussions about Brady becoming a minority owner of the team.
Then came the Brian Flores lawsuit. Filed (coincidentally or not) the same day Brady retired, the litigation resulted in the plug being pulled on the Payton/Brady plan.
After Brady became a minority owner, the Dolphins would have indeed acquired the contractual rights to employ Payton from the Saints. Then, the Dolphins would have at some point gotten the rights from the Buccaneers to bring Brady to the roster.
To think the already wild offseason could have been this much wilder. There's always next season and as long as Brady is playing well we'll be talking about where he's going to play next.
Who knows, Brady on the Dolphins might just be a season away....
Could you imagine a more annoying combo than Payton and Brady? I'm saying that and I'm a fan of Brady. That's just how incredibly annoying Sean Payton is.
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