The Miami Dolphins wanted Tom Brady, the Brady wanted the Dolphins, and they blew Brian Flores’ suit against the team’s mutual stalking. This so-called story is now running, finally offering a believable decryption of Why Behind Brady’s baffling six-week retirement this off season.
Back in the March 31 episode of “You Pod To Win The Game,” we’ve provided the timeline of events and what most likely prompted Brady to abruptly back out of retirement. Within this timeline, we pointed to Flores’ litigation as the agent of change that we missed. Up until that point, Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk had already started posting reports about Brady trying to reach the Dolphins. And last week, the story’s story was fleshed out by a number of outlets — most notably a report in the Boston Globe that purportedly filled out details about the rise and fall of Brady’s proposed Miami scheme.
Everything is wonderful. But it is also still somewhat incomplete, because there is a large gap to account for. A specific question that should be of particular interest to the NFL and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
If Dolphins owner Stephen Ross and Brady build a backdoor strategy to make his Miami start in 2022 — first having him “retire” from the Bucs to become a Miami CEO, and then eventually force the trade into player rights – how did you do such a detailed plan Come together without a huge amount of messing around?
Inquiry minds within the league office must know. Even if it means reviewing Brady’s mobile phone logs again.
Given the way this is being reported, Brady’s fake retirement was the first step in the scheme, and that alone indicates that he was put in place while he was still a member of the Pirates. There is no way to do this unless Brady or someone acting on his behalf is an active participant in the Miami fiddling. It should generally be problematic, since owners tend to frown at other owners who hunt their stars.
Lest we forget, this isn’t even the first suggestion Ross rigged this season, nor the first suggestion that he rigged Brady. The first case came through Flores’ lawsuit, alleging that Ross tried to get his former coach with an unnamed quarterback on his yacht in Miami in 2020. It was later reported that the quarterback was Brady.
That should lead to more than a few questions for the league. among them:
Is the first allegation of manipulation legitimate? If so, did it stop? If recent reports are accurate and Brady was part of the dolphin maneuver, how directly involved and how far did he go? Did the pirates know or suspect anything of what was happening?
Getting these answers should be important if the league is at least planning to hold franchisees responsible for messing around. Especially when the pirates aren’t in a position to stream Miami, since he could be indicting Brady in the process. Now that he’s back in the fold, it doesn’t make sense for Tampa Bay to push this case, even if the pirates should have had some animosity toward Ross for what allegedly happened.
Of course, there is also a Trap 22 buried in any Ross investigation. If the league detects fraud in 2020, it proves part of Flores’ lawsuit. And if the NFL also finds recent reports to be true about Miami creating a Brady plan, it could prove that Ross was blowing up Rooney’s base in pursuit of Sean Payton as well. Because there is no middle ground here. If Brady and Peyton are coming, it means that Miami not only manipulated the quarterback but settled on a head coach from the start. The latter has echoes of Mike Mullarkey’s “fake employment operation” allegations against the Tennessee Titans, which were added to the latest amended version of Flores’ lawsuit when Ray Horton and Steve Wilkes joined as plaintiffs.
Add them all up, and you’ll arrive at a space where the NFL works with and against its own interests. But the question comes down to what may ultimately be the league’s most smelly: the blatant absurdity between the NFL owner and the most famous player in history, or the lack of any serious investigation into either.