The New England Patriots joined the rest of the world in collective shock when Tom Brady announced that his retirement was done after just about one month. He’s expected to return to Tampa Bay and help the Buccaneers make one last run at a championship in the weak NFC.
Tampa wasn’t the only team with the desire to add Brady to the fold. The Miami Dolphins wanted to pair Brady with one of the best coaches in the sport after parting ways with Brian Flores. Unfortunately, Stephen Ross’ grand plan was reportedly taken apart by Flores’ famous lawsuit.
Ben Volin of the Boston Globe claims that Brady was originally interested in teaming up with Sean Payton (another Don Yee client) on the Dolphins. Brady was allegedly going to move into a front office position not dissimilar to the one Derek Jeter held during his tenure with the Marlins.
Volin claims that the lawsuit “threw a wrench” into this airtight plan, as Brady could’ve been worried about handing over his phone and getting entangled in the legal proceedings. He decided to retire as a result before opting for at least one more year in Tampa.
Tom Brady almost came back to run the Dolphins.
Volin claims that the story originally reported by Mike Florio has been independently confirmed by a different source. Brady has a passion for the competitive aspect of football, and this executive role would help him stay around the game after he becomes physically unable to perform.
If Miami wanted him to play quarterback, they would’ve needed to get permission from the Buccaneers to work out some sort of compensation. If he went to the front office, however, that requirement could’ve been circumnavigated. Ross’ plan did not come to fruition, but at least Flores managed to land on his feet in Pittsburgh.
Even though Brady has every passing record known to humanity, more championships than anyone else, and could’ve ended his career on a season in which he led the league in passing yards and won a playoff game, he decided to come back, citing “unfinished business.”
In the end, Miami comes off as a huge loser as a result of this fiasco despite the solid hiring of Mike McDaniel. They didn’t get their top head coach, quarterback, or front office choice this offseason, and Brady is still playing for another team in their state.
At the very least, Brady continues to cause the Dolphins pain after all these years, and Patriots fans can live with that