The Tom Brady-to-Dolphins rumors aren’t going away as it seems like there’s a lot more bubbling beneath the surface.
Brady, who ended his retirement after 40 days, announced in March that he was returning to the Buccaneers as quarterback in his 23rd season. That scenario appeared to be an alternative path after certain events bogged down his originally planned course for the Dolphins organization, where he was on the verge of becoming a minority owner, Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio reported Thursday, with the possibility perhaps under to play in the middle.
In addition to Brady, former Saints coach Sean Payton has also been looked into the Dolphins’ future plans, PFT reported in late February. A league source told the Boston Globe in a report released Friday how Brady wanted an experienced coach and one “whom he trusts, like Payton.”
But what about Brady’s future on the field? It’s possible the Dolphins would eventually have held talks with the Buccaneers once the quarterback was locked in as an executive in Miami for both outlets.
Brady announced on February 1 that he was stepping down after 22 seasons. Hours later, Brian Flores filed a lawsuit against the league alleging racial discrimination, naming the Dolphins, Giants and Broncos in the lawsuit. The Dolphins’ plans for a Brady-Payton union then fell through.
Fast forward to mid-March and a still-retired Brady is seen at a UK soccer game for Manchester United, a team owned by the Glazers, who also happen to own the Buccaneers. Brady’s short-lived retirement ended the next day.
Despite being back with the Buccaneers, Brady had one obvious thorn in his side: head coach Bruce Arians.
In the weeks following Brady’s original resignation statement, former NFL player Rich Ohrnberger claimed the quarterback’s decision to leave the game was due to his “souring” relationship with Arians.
“Tom Brady and Bruce Arians’ honeymoon in Tampa was over. The announcement of the retirement wasn’t because of the problems seeing offensive game planning as equals, but the relationship was sour,” he tweeted at the time.
In a follow-up message, Ohrnberger detailed that Brady and offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich would be working on game plans while Arianer repaired his Achilles tendon in the early hours of the morning. The coach “would come in later and take the red pencil to the work they had done”, per Ohrnberger, with Brady and Leftwich feeling “undermined.”
But in late March, days after Brady returned and the free hand began, Arians dropped an evening bombshell that he would move to the front office and take over from defense coordinator Todd Bowles.
According to the Tampa Bay Times, Brady was notified of Arians’ decision “either the same day or a day after the quarterback announced he was completing his retirement.”
Both Arians and Brady have denied there were any issues between the two, but the timing of his return is quite a coincidence.
Although Brady could be suspended with the Buccaneers until 2022, all eyes will surely be on the quarterback next year if he is to become a free agent.
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