The Miami Dolphins have been stripped of a 2023 first-round draft pick and a 2024 third-round pick in connection with “impermissible communications with quarterback Tom Brady in 2019-20,” the league announced Tuesday, citing two separate occasions.
The Dolphins, who had long been linked to Brady and Sean Payton as part of a possible quarterback-coaching package for the organization, it is also discovered that they have had “Impermissible communications with both Mr. Brady and his agent during and after the 2021 season, while under contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.” Additionally, the investigation noted that in January 2022, the team “had inadmissible communications with Don Yee, the agent for New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton, about Mr. Payton being the Miami head coach. ”.
As a result of the violations, Dolphins owner Stephen Ross was also suspended until Oct. 17, 2022.
“Investigators found tampering violations of unprecedented scope and severity,” Commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement. “I am not aware of any previous case of a team violating the ban on manipulating both a head coach and a star player, to the potential detriment of many other clubs, over a period of several years.”