The Miami Dolphins forfeited their 2023 first-round decide and 2024 third-round decide on Tuesday after an NFL investigation discovered the group violated tampering guidelines with quarterback Tom Brady and coach Sean Payton whereas each have been underneath contract with different groups, the league announced.
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. Those discussions are mentioned to have centered on making Brady an possession associate and probably a soccer govt, and “at times” included the opportunity of him taking part in for the Dolphins.
Brady briefly retired earlier this offseason earlier than saying 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.
Also noteworthy was the investigation’s findings that the Dolphins did not have interaction in “tanking” to enhance their draft place. Former Dolphins head coach Brian Flores said he was offered $100,000 per loss by Ross, however the NFL mentioned Tuesday that the remark “was not intended or taken to be a serious offer.”