NFL discovered Dolphins tampered with Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady, both when he played in New England and during his time in Tampa. The big plan, as PFT reported (and as many deliberately ignored until last week), was that the Dolphins would hire Sean Payton to coach the team and Brady to play quarterback.
Obviously, starting starter Tua Tagovailoa would have been benched at best, traded or cut at worst. While Tua’s public comments on the matter last week seemed to not reflect a full appreciation of what the Dolphins were hoping to achieve, it’s pretty obvious that the end result would have been Tommy in, Tua out.
In this context, the Buccaneers and the Dolphins had a joint practice today. After the session, Tagovailoa met the journalists.
“I was able to talk to Tom,” Tagovailoa said, via Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Weather. “We talked for quite a while on the side. He asked me how was my offseason.”
Well, we know how Brady was. He retired for 40 days. When he did, he planned to become a minority owner of the Dolphins the following week and, over time, the starting quarterback in Miami instead of Tagavailoa.
It’s probably safe to say that Brady didn’t say that when Tagovailoa said, “How was yours?” It was probably something more along the lines of “Okay, thank you”.