Why were the victims of the Dolphins’ tampering scheme not compensated?

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One of the biggest questions that has arisen in the aftermath of the league’s conclusion that the Dolphins blatantly tampered with Sean Payton and Tom Brady relates to the compensation, or lack thereof, given to the victims of the tampering.

The tampering policy makes the “offended club” (as used in the rule) eligible for compensation “if it certifies a complaint that initiates an investigation against the offending club.” The policy also states that, “if the offended club declined or otherwise failed to certify such a complaint after the facts of the matter became known or reasonably should have become known to the offended club, the offended club may not receive any potential award of compensation.”

This language, coupled with the lack of compensation for the Patriots (as to Brady), Buccaneers (as to Brady), or Saints (as to Payton), suggests that the investigation occurred not because of a complaint or certification made by any of those teams. It’s possible, if not likely, that the investigation was sparked by the reference in the Brian Flores lawsuit to an alleged effort by the team in 2019 to tamper with an unnamed quarterback. (PFT asked the league earlier this week for an explanation as to why the Patriots, Bucs, and Saints did not receive compensation for the Miami tampering. The league did not respond.)

There’s good reason for none of the three teams to have certified a complaint of tampering. The Patriots surely knew that Brady got a head start on 2020 free agency. The Patriots surely didn’t mind. If they weren’t going to keep him (and they knew they weren’t), there was no reason to worry about technical violations of the policy. While it’s unknown whether the Patriots knew that the Dolphins were talking to Brady before the 2019 season ended, or whether the Patriots would have complained if they’d known, their desire to have a positive parting with Brady may have superseded any desire to pick a fight with a division rival — even if it’s a fight the Patriots would have won.

As to the Buccaneers, it would have be the height of hypocrisy if they’d complained about the Dolphins tampering with Brady in 2021 and 2022, because the Bucs tampered with Brady in 2020. Also, the fact that the entire Payton/Brady package to Miami was done (only to be scrapped by the Brian Flores lawsuit) means that someone with the Buccaneers knew what was going to transpire, and also had agreed to the eventual compensation for Brady.

As to the Saints, again, Payton to Miami was done; a behind-the-curtain deal had been struck for compensation. The decision of Miami G.M. Chris Grier to call Saints assistant G.M. Jeff Ireland about Payton was coincidental to conversations happening at a higher level. It would have been difficult for the Saints to complain about tampering when the Saints willingness facilitated a process of lining up Miami’s effort to hire Payton.

15 responses to “Why were the victims of the Dolphins’ tampering scheme not compensated?

  1. Sean Payton literally resigned his position because of the tampering. How can this be allowed to happen?

  2. It is still irrelevant. The saints have a coach under contract that was tampered with. He left his job because of it. If it was all worked out then the team tampering owes the saints compensation. It is not the saints fault that the fins are a horrible franchise and dropped the ball.

  3. I’m a Pats fan and IMHO, the Saints deserved compensation. It surely looks like Payton quit the Saints to head to Miami. The Pats, not so much.

  4. Too much conjecture and speculation, not enough evidence in regard to Peyton’s reason for retirement.

  5. I know what the answer is….Goodell is a cheater. Like I said, it is highly likely Goodell has encouraged harrassment of the Pats from behind closed doors for years now.

    Goodel being fair towards NE means hell has frozen over.

    It would explain why he so brazenly framed NE and didn’t care if got caught doing it, mutliple times.

    In this case here, it’s clear Ross was so brazen himself, he actually tampered with 3 different teams at once with a very light punishment as a result.

    No one has ever tampered with 3 different teams likenk this before.

  6. They probably should get a third round compensatory pick out of it. This was pretty bad and makes me wonder if Brady didn’t just tank the last couple Pats games because of it. I mean, he played like trash down the stretch in 2019 when they were on FIRE as a team.

  7. “As to the Buccaneers, it would have be the height of hypocrisy if they’d complained about the Dolphins tampering with Brady in 2021 and 2022, because the Bucs tampered with Brady in 2020.”

    Yes,they did and I do not understand why the league did not do anything because it was public. Bruce Arians was giving a press conference that the Combine and was asked which player would he be most interested in if they were a free agent? He said “Tom Brady.” Brady was still under contract when Arians said that. The NFL always said a team not express interest in a player while that player is under contract with another team. Why should a team need to file a complaint when the tampering is out in the open? Seeing the NFL is soooo concerned about “Integrity.”

  8. The Patriots clearly wanted Cheatin’ Tom out the door badly enough that they let other teams tamper with him,

    That’s how you know how insufferable he really was and I don’t blame them at all.

  9. I would not call what Arians did Tampering. He dreamed during a press conference. That’s all. What coach would not want Brady? The NFL even felt it did not warrant a tampering case.

    To me, tampering is actually contacting the players or agents to the players by some means, with the intent of recruiting them and without permission.

    To all accounts, the Bucs had permission when they talked to Brady…and other teams called him at that point too, so it is not like they had a monopoly.

  10. Why is Brady exempt from discipline in this, he knew he was breaking the rules and participated anyways. Brady thinks he is above the rules as illustrated b this and his participation in “Deflate Gate”. he should face discipline for his actions!

  11. In other words, the reason no compensation was given, was because the Patriots were the only team worthy of that compensation, and the NFL surely wasnt going to give them anything. They were probably finding it hard to not dock the Pats a draft pick during the investigation out of reflex.

  12. ” The Patriots surely didn’t mind. If they weren’t going to keep him (and they knew they weren’t), there was no reason to worry about technical violations of the policy.”
    But why were the Patriots willing to let Brady go at the end?? Because the Brady of 2019 was a disgruntled, whiny malcontent. And what made him that way??? Most likely having an opposing team owner in his ear, dangling riches and telling him how is being abused in New England…. Who knows what Brady’s state of mind would would have been prior to leaving NE, he may even have been satisfied and retired a Patriot if not for the Tampering… we’ll never know but we do know there was tampering. There was an offending party and there was aggrieved party. Same can be said in New Orleans…. both franchises deserve compensation from Miami.

  13. Victims? Seriously? Who would honestly be victims in this situation? Payton obviously didn’t wanna stay with the Saints that’s why he stepped down. Is Brady the victim because he won a Super Bowl in Tampa? There are no victims here. This is common place in the NFL and NBA. I guess the only victim in this situation would’ve been Adam Shefter because he didn’t get to tweet “Brady and Payton headed to Miami”. Get outta here with that victim nonsense.

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