Last year, the Dolphins were ready to leave quarterback Tua Tagovailoa and welcome quarterback Tom Brady (with coach Sean Payton). It eventually fell apart, thanks in large part to the filing of a landmark race discrimination lawsuit by former Dolphins coach Brian Flores the same day Brady announced his “retirement.”
This year, Brady will be an unrestricted, unfettered free agent in his quest for a new team. If he wants one.
Could he be in play again for Miami? As a source with general knowledge of the various dynamics regarding all things Brady put it recently (a source who strongly believed Brady could land with the Dolphins in 2020), the possibility is “definitely on the table.”
It’s unclear whether the Dolphins would keep or leave Tagovailoa. He is expected to earn $4.738 million in 2023, the final year of his rookie contract. The Dolphins could keep him on the roster, as a replacement for Brady – if Brady does indeed join the Dolphins.
Tagovailoa could also be traded, if the Dolphins find a partner willing to take on the concussion risks that are now very real when it comes to putting Tua on the field.
This becomes a strange point of tension between the player and the team. Tua, who has played very well this year when he has played, will probably want to keep playing. The fact that he will have gone three weeks without playing following his last concussion shows how delicate the question will be in the months to come. It also suggests that the organization may have decided that Tua’s time in South Florida was over.
Miami may be ready to no longer be the focal point of a national debate over concussions in football that had largely died down before the Tagovailoa issues in 2022. Whether it’s Brady or someone else , the quarterback’s situation in Miami has become one of the biggest stories. to watch during the 2023 off-season.