Tom Brady’s retirement saga has taken many twists and turns this offseason, and it’s only March. The first news of the 44-year-old quarterback’s retirement was surprising, given his incredibly high level of play in 2021 and his stated goal of playing until at least 45. His abrupt return to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after just 40 days of “retirement”. was even more frowning, and now the rumor that he could be on his way to the Miami Dolphins is everyone’s shock.
However, Miami Dolphins fans might want to sit tight before they start pre-ordering their No. 12 jerseys. NFL insider Ian Rapoport has poured cold water on Brady’s South Beach rumors and gave three compelling reasons.
Reason #1: Tom Brady’s contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers
NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport has joined the Pat McAfee Show Friday, as he does regularly, to discuss professional football news. The conversation turned to Tom Brady after NESN hockey commentator Dale Arnold sparked a rumor about Twitter that Brady could head “further south” than Tampa for next season.
Rapoport was quick to put this rumor to rest, and the first reason is simple:
I haven’t heard anything to corroborate either [the Brady to Miami rumors]. Look, there are rumors going around, and sometimes I’m one of them, so I can’t laugh at all the rumours. This is what motivates us all. This one makes no sense. Brady is under contract with the Bucs.
Ian Rapoport on Tom Brady Miami Dolphins rumors
While having a player under contract doesn’t give NFL teams as much control over players as they once did, especially superstar QBs, the fact that Brady has a one-year, $25 million deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers still means this is the most likely team he will play for in 2021.
Additionally, Buccaneers head coach Brue Arians has taken a hard line since the announcement of Brady’s retirement (and non-retirement) that the organization has a contract with the signalman and the organization fully expects the seven-time Super Bowl winner to honor that contract. .
Reason #2: Brady summoned his buddies to stay at The Bay
The contract isn’t the only reason Ian Rapoport pooped Tom Brady at the Miami Dolphins rumours. The insider also explained that his actions since his return have spoken louder than his words on paper:
Also, if I remember correctly, he recruited a few guys to come back with Tampa, including his buddy Leonard Fournette, including Chris Godwin, including several other free agents. And will he really do it? I mean, Ryan Jensen came back. Is he really going to do this and then bail out?
Ian Rapoport on Tom Brady Miami Dolphins rumors
Love him or hate him, the one thing everyone seems to have to admit about TB12 is that his teammates love him and think he’s a stand up guy. That makes it hard to believe Brady would allow his running back, his No. 1 passing target and his center to believe he was really coming back if he knew he wasn’t. .
One conspiracy theory worth noting, however, is that, as the aforementioned Dale Arnold also pointed out in another Tweeter“And notice @RobGronkowski hasn’t signed with @Buccaneers yet?”
It’s one thing for Brady not to show his cards to a few of his relatively new teammates. It’s quite different to mislead his best mate, Rob Gronkowski. The day Gronk reunites with the Bucs is the day we can all be sure Brady will play his home games at Raymond James Stadium in 2022.
Reason #3: The Brian Flores Trial
The third reason why Ian Rapoport notes that Tom Brady won’t (or maybe won’t be able) to force a transfer to the Miami Dolphins is the most serious and, perhaps, the most compelling:
Also, if we remember correctly, there was some kind of tampering that was part of Brian Flores’ lawsuit involving the Miami Dolphins. So after all this, after this allegation – which hasn’t been proven – do the Dolphins catch him then? None of this makes sense.
The NFL is in the midst of an explosive trial. One of the allegations involves Dolphins owner Stephen Ross trying to coerce, then trick, former head coach Brian Flores into tampering with an unnamed superstar QB. NFL insiders have almost universally identified this unnamed player as Brady.
If Brady returns and forces his way to Miami, it could codify Flores’ accusations in the court of public opinion and possibly even in court.
With all the other salacious allegations in this lawsuit involving Ross, Bill Belichick and the New York Giants, John Elway and the Denver Broncos, and the league as a whole, it looks like commissioner Roger Goodell would dump his body in front of a Brady. to the Miami deal for the sake of the league.
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