Report: Dolphins “not expected” to pursue Tom Brady

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Not long ago, we pointed out that signing with the Dolphins is “definitely on the table” for soon-to-be free agent Tom Brady. The feeling may not be mutual.

More accurately, it’s not “expected” to be mutual.

Adam Schefter of reports that the Dolphins “are not expected” to pursue Brady, in the event he decides to play in 2023. Schefter adds, citing unnamed sources, that the Dolphins are “committed” to Tua Tagovailoa.

It’s unclear why Schefter had to roll with unnamed sources for the proposition that the Dolphins are committed to Tua. The coach and the General Manager have said so publicly. (Also, Schefter reported two weeks ago that Tua is “expected” to be the starter in 2023. Like Siena once said to Costanza, “I heard you the first time.”)

As we said in response to the pro-Tua comments from the team, actions speak louder than words. If they’re truly committed, pick up his fifth-year option. Or sign him to a long-term deal. Until one of those things happen, the commitment isn’t worth the paper it’s not printed on.

Five weeks after suffering his latest concussion, Tua still isn’t cleared to play flag football, frolf, or whatever else the NFL plans to do this week in Las Vegas in lieu of two-hand touch in full pads. That seems to be the most important news regarding Tua. How can they be truly committed to him until they know when/if he’ll be cleared to practice and play?

And while G.M. Chris Grier has pushed the idea that Tua is no more susceptible than anyone else to getting another concussion, the issue isn’t whether he’ll get another concussion. It’s whether his next concussion will be the one that keeps him from ever getting cleared again. Also, given his lack of size (relative to other quarterbacks), the question is whether he can protect himself against being thrown to the ground and having his helmet strike the turf. That’s how he suffered each of his two (or three) concussions in 2022.

Schefter’s safe harbor — “not expected” — flows from the very real possibility that the Dolphins have decided to express a clear commitment to Tua until the moment they decide to rescind said commitment. Given the extent to which the potential arrival of Deshaun Watson left Tua discombobulated throughout the first half of 2021, the Dolphins don’t want him thinking they may be moving on from him, until they affirmatively decide to move on from him.

That’s how it sometimes goes in the NFL. A team says it definitely wants a player until it no longer does. And when that happens, the team rarely gets dragged for the messages it previously spread.

Especially when the message deliberately contains just enough wiggle room, as the current message does.

And it makes sense to leave wiggle room. What happens if Brady reaches out to the Dolphins and expresses interest in playing for the Dolphins? Will they say no? They lost a first-round pick last year for lining up Brady and coach Sean Payton when both were under contract with other teams.

That’s another reason for the Dolphins to put out the word that they’re not “expected” to pursue Brady. We all know that the pursuits happen before free agency begins. Brady is already trying to throw pre-emptive dirt on the inevitable tampering tracks. The last thing the Dolphins want or need is to give up another first-round pick for talking to Brady before they’re allowed to do so.

So, sure, they’re “not expected” to pursue Brady. If/when Brady pursues them, that may be a very different story.

41 responses to “Report: Dolphins “not expected” to pursue Tom Brady

  1. Why would the Dolphins want a QB with ZERO winning seasons without elite coaching? I’d take all their QBs right now over that guy.

  2. Tua Tagovailoa should retire for his own safety.
    I wonder what he does if he gets another concussion.

  3. Miami doesn’t like to sign durable quarterbacks.
    They seem to prefer guys who miss games due to injury, so Brady really isn’t an option.

  4. Enough with the talk of 2, anyone with eyes and a functioning brain knows he had 3 concussions.

  5. Tua Tagovailoa should retire for his own safety.
    I wonder what he does if he gets another concussion.

    I don’t know, maybe ask Mitch Morse who has had six or Tee Higgins or Kenny Pickett who have had the same amount this year as Tua

  6. I love TB12 but even im sick of the guy. Its time to retire for good. Enough of this guy already. Enjoy your retirement Tom

  7. The ONLY way that would make sense would be to have Tua agree to sit and watch next year to protect himself from even further brain trauma..while at the same time learning what he can from Brady and then Tua takes back over in 2024.

    I can’t stand Brady – but to me that scenario makes ALOT of sense.

  8. GoodellMustGo says:
    January 29, 2023 at 10:36 am
    Why would the Dolphins want a QB with ZERO winning seasons without elite coaching? I’d take all their QBs right now over that guy.
    Please tell us all about those “elite coaches” without great QBs. So much winning. Right? As a HC, Bill without Brady has been to how many SBs in a total of 10 seasons total? Bruce without Carson or Tom? Todd is not an elite coach and has never won a playoff game.

  9. I think Brady’s options are shrinking by the week. It may end up LV and Tampa are his only options. At that point Brady may realize it’s time to call it quits. Even the NFC South is going to get better next year at least against Tampa Bay. The Raiders are that team that will lose games to Indianapolis. It’s going to be a long process to fix that team. They need to go young at QB not old. Brady’s options do not include competitive teams such as SF no matter what people print in articles. In reality it’s one year past time for Brady to retire. Nonetheless, it would be hilarious to see him sign with a team that stands zero chance at success next year.

  10. Mr. Brady is about to find out the demand for his services are not what he expected. He doesn’t have time to go to a team rebuilding or take a structured, team friendly contract. He has to get his money now and the only teams who will be willing to pay him up front are dumb teams that aren’t going anywhere and want to sell tickets with a big name.

  11. MortimerInMiami says:
    January 29, 2023 at 11:57 am
    Just a friendly reminder…
    BB without Brady is Jeff Fisher!


    That’s a sad reality but proving to be true

  12. BB without Brady is Jeff Fisher!


    That is an insult to Jeff Fisher!!!

  13. Why would the Dolphins want a guy who is just a nice little system QB with a little arm who was caught cheating and suspended for it and has ZERO winning seasons without elite coaching?

    They can do so much better than that.

  14. If Cheatin Tom really was GOaT he would have elevated his team last season to greatness, or at least make the playoffs legitimately. I do not acknowledge Tommy making the playoffs in 2022 as legit. His team had a losing record and Tommy showed he had no business making the playoffs. So as far as I’m concerned it didn’t happen at all.

    Therefore Tommy really ain’t all that. Proven. QED.

    Facts are facts and truth is truth. Truth matters. Only the truth. Truth hurts.

  15. Titans would have won the SB with Brady.

    Just watch the famous “1 yard too short” pass in the SB; then watch Brady’s pass from own 3 yard line. The exact same play, except one was on the left, the other was on the right.

    Put Brady in the play, he would have looked towards his left first, which would have fooled the Rams defender to drop two yards deep, like the defender did against Troy Brown, and that two yards would have given Titans receiver enough space to get TD.

  16. In 2004, when Brady had running game with Dillon, his offense was #4 total points scored.

    With Fisher, Brady would have won at least 4 SB (2001, 2003, 2004, and 2006), and wouldn’t have missed 2002 playoff (due to Troy Brown’s missing 2.5 games)

  17. patsfan4lifedynasty says:
    January 29, 2023 at 12:51 pm
    Brady would be the 3rd best QB in the division behind Allen and Zappe.

    Oh phony Patriots fan you are always good for a laugh with the things you post!

  18. If BB drafts Chad Pennington or Marc Bulger instead of Brady he coaches them up and there’s still a Patriots dynasty.

    No question about it. Not debatable.

  19. Miami doesn’t him, Tampa doesn’t want him, SF doesn’t want him, Giselle doesn’t want him…..

    Tommy is sad

  20. Now, only 2 teams score 24 or more in back to back playoff games, Eagles and Bengals.

    and Brady had to do it in 2003 and 2004 seasons for Pats to win SB with the squad given by BeliCHEAP the parasite.

    and the fans of the parasite claim that the defense of the parasite won the 2 SBs.

    Give me a freaking break!!!

  21. ow, only 2 teams score 24 or more in back to back playoff games, Eagles and Bengals.

    and Brady had to do it in 2003 and 2004 seasons for Pats to win SB with the squad given by BeliCHEAP the parasite.


    HAD to score 24? No, they didn’t have to but they did.

    2003 they gave up 14 points in two playoffs games…could have scored 17 and still won those games

    2004 they beat the colts 20-3 and then were trouncing Pittsburgh 31-10 , game was over and Pitts scored garbage time points…

    I know you didn’t watch the games, just looking at the final scores doesn’t tell you what happened.

  22. 2003 they gave up 14 points in two playoffs games…


    Look like you don’t what “leading by two scores” means.

  23. Stephen Ross already paid a first round draft choice for Brady. Dolphins will not be “interested” until free agency starts. He is not going to pay twice for Brady. Both Tua and Teddy are often injured and cannot be counted on. The Michigan connection is strong. If Brady wants its, Ross will make it happen.

  24. Look like you don’t what “leading by two scores” means.


    What are you quoting? You didnt write that anywhere in any of your posts. In order to put something in quotes it has to be said somewhere earlier.

    Even if you had written it, your reply makes no sense at all.

    I swear to heaven, you live in a fantasy land.

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