The Miami Dolphins forfeited their 2023 first-round decide and 2024 third-round decide on Tuesday after an NFL investigation discovered the workforce violated tampering guidelines with quarterback Tom Brady and coach Sean Payton whereas each had been underneath contract with different groups, the league introduced.
Dolphins proprietor Stephen Ross was additionally suspended till Oct. 17.
The six-month investigation discovered that the Dolphins had impermissible contact with Brady in 2019-20 whereas he was with the New England Patriots, and once more in 2021 throughout his time with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. These discussions are stated to have centered on making Brady an possession associate and probably a soccer govt, and “at instances” included the potential for him taking part in for the Dolphins.
Brady briefly retired earlier this offseason earlier than asserting he’d return to the Buccaneers for the 2022 season.
The NFL says Payton’s agent was contacted by the Dolphins in January 2022 with curiosity in having the very long time New Orleans Saints coach take over in Miami. Payton later retired from his place with the Saints.
Additionally noteworthy was the investigation’s findings that the Dolphins did not interact in “tanking” to enhance their draft place. Former Dolphins head coach Brian Flores stated he was provided $100,000 per loss by Ross, however the NFL stated Tuesday that the remark “was not meant or taken to be a severe provide.”