The Patriots quarterback is just one of many athletes who have been accused by internet-based stories. Mike McDaniel, a sports journalist with USA Today says these accusations are almost always false and points out the dangers in sharing them as true.
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Tua Tagovailoa is the Miami Dolphins’ starting quarterback. Instead of signing Deshaun Watson, they signed two starting offensive lineman, numerous running backs, and a starter wide receiver, and traded multiple draft selections for Tyreek Hill. On paper, the Dolphins have given Tagovailoa a greater chance to succeed than most rookie quarterbacks could hope for.
All of this, though, raises the issue. How did the Dolphins move from obsessing over Deshaun Watson in 2021 to reinvesting heavily on Tagovailoa in 2022?
What if they didn’t plan for Tua in the offseason? What if they mistookly assumed they were receiving a different quarterback? Maybe someone called Tom Brady?
Tom Brady was/is allegedly a target for the Dolphins.
According to NESN’s Dale Arnold (who broke Tom Brady signing with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2020), there is some validity to the rumor that Brady will be joining the Dolphins shortly.
Brady and the Dolphins were allegedly in touch back in 2019, when Brady was originally considering leaving New England for good. This information was made public during Brian Flores’ NFL lawsuit. During the regular season, he was requested to meet with a different team’s starting quarterback as part of a recruiting drive (one can reasonably assume this was Brady).
In the tweet above, Arnold speculates that Brady and the Dolphins may link up in 2023. It’s logical. The Dolphins have recently piled up on win-now players, Brady already lives in Florida, and he has previously considered joining the Dolphins.
Not to mention that joining the Dolphins would give him the opportunity to play against former head coach Bill Belichick twice a year.
Mike McDaniel, the new head coach of the Miami Dolphins, labels these reports “false news.”
There is no reality to the Dolphins’ pursuit of Brady, as we reported on Friday. “Fake news,” McDaniel said, adding that it hasn’t come up once.
— Barry Jackson (@flasportsbuzz) March 28, 2022
It’s unclear if the Dolphins sought to sign Brady this summer. It would have necessitated the Buccaneers trading the future Hall of Famer to Miami, which seems impossible. Tampa Bay is attempting to win a second Super Bowl. Brady isn’t going to be given away easy.
With that stated, when asked about the Brady rumors Monday morning, new Dolphins coach Mike McDaniel tried his best to put them to bed. He referred to them as “false news.”
Of course, McDaniel isn’t going to come out and say his front staff is interested in another team’s quarterback. That’s meddling, and it’d make Tagovailoa nervous.
What’s next for Miami in terms of Tom Brady?
Getty Images/Cliff Welch/Icon Sportswire/Tom Brady
In 2022, Brady will not be joining the Dolphins. That is self-evident. However, it will be fascinating to observe how Miami handles this issue in 2023. Brady will be one of the most sought-after free agents in NFL history next summer, assuming he agrees to prolong his NFL career for another season.
Brady, even at 46 years old, would instantly transform any club he joins into a Super Bowl contender.
A lot depends on Tagovailoa’s performance this season. All excuses should be thrown out the window since the Dolphins gave him an amazing roster. If he fails to lead Miami to a deep playoff run, the front staff will have no choice but to start searching for a successor.
With Brady set to become a free agency next spring, it seems like a decent place for the Dolphins to start.
McDaniel is free to label these rumors as “fake news.” There’s just too much haze surrounding this one to dismiss it. Throughout the 2022 NFL season, it will be a hot issue.
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