Tom Brady Watch: How Dolphins do/don’t make sense

Ryan Hannable
February 06, 2020 - 1:32 pm

For the first time in Tom Brady’s 20-year NFL career, the quarterback has the potential to be a free agent. Even though it isn’t for over a month, a number of teams have already been linked to the quarterback. In the coming days and weeks, we’ll look at each of those teams and go through the pros and cons.

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There aren’t a ton of positives currently with the Dolphins, but that could certainly change in a hurry considering they have close to $90 million to spend this offseason, the most in the NFL. If Brady were to want to put together a “Super Team,” Miami would the perfect place given its available money. Miami also isn’t a bad place to spend time if you’re Gisele Bundchen.

In addition, Brady is familiar with coach Brian Flores from his time in New England, and Flores isn’t the only one, either. Owner Stephen Ross attended Michigan and has some ties to Brady, as well.


Despite a few positives, there are a lot of negatives.

No. 1, there isn’t much talent right now in Miami. Yes, that could change in a hurry, but there’s no guarantees. Also, while Flores is a familiar face, he’s far from a players coach. Brady may not like some of the things he would require of him. Additionally, Miami just hired 68-year-old Chan Gailey as its offensive coordinator. It’s hard to see Gailey defaulting to Brady’s Patriots system. That does not feel like a good match at all.

Then there’s the AFC East factor. Would Brady really want to leave the Patriots and face his former team twice next season? This probably isn’t at the top of his con list, but it’s certainly something to consider.


While there is some familiarity with Flores and Ross, there’s a lot of unknowns with Miami. Its biggest allure is the potential to add pieces with all the money it has to spend, but is that something Miami wants to do? The Dolphins seemed to be building something beginning last season and adding Brady and others would be a shift in mentality. Miami doesn’t seem to make a whole lot of sense right now.

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