Tom Brady signing with the Miami Dolphins this coming offseason reportedly is “definitely on the table.”
Brady is currently the Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback, but he is in the final year of his contract and could be looking for a change of scenery after a tumultuous season in Tampa Bay.
After retiring briefly following the 2021 season, Brady decided to return to football and led the Bucs to an NFC South division title in the 2022 season, although they fell short of expectations, finishing the regular season with an 8-9 record.
Brady and the Bucs will begin their playoff journey this weekend.
“Could he once again be in play for Miami?” ProFootballTalk’s Mike Florio wrote. “As one source with general knowledge of the various dynamics regarding all things Brady (a source who firmly believed Brady could land with the Dolphins back in 2020) put it recently, the possibility is ‘definitely on the table.’
“It’s unclear whether the Dolphins would keep or move on from [Tua] Tagovailoa. He’s due to make $4.738 million in 2023, the final year of his rookie deal. The Dolphins could keep him on the roster, as the backup to Brady — if Brady does indeed finally join the Dolphins.
“Tagovailoa also could be traded, if the Dolphins were to find a partner willing to assume the concussion risks that are now very real when it comes to putting Tua on the field.”
If the Dolphins were to add Brady, they would have a big decision to make regarding Tagovailoa, who they took with the No. 5 overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. Tagovailoa has had by far his best season as a pro in the 2022 campaign, but he’s also had two confirmed concussions, putting his long-term health into question.
The addition of Tyreek Hill helped Tagovailoa lead the NFL in yards gained per pass attempt and yards gained per completion in the regular season, but Miami could look to move on from him if it’s not sold on the idea of him being its franchise quarterback.
Brady, 45, is nearing the end of his career, but he’s arguably the greatest quarterback in NFL history. The seven-time Super Bowl champion still put up solid numbers in the 2022 regular season for the Bucs, throwing for 4,694 yards, 25 touchdowns and nine interceptions.
For the second straight regular season, Brady led the NFL in completions and pass attempts.
The Dolphins may view Brady as the missing piece to put them over the top in the AFC. Miami started the 2022 season with an 8-3 record, but it stumbled down the stretch, losing five games in a row before winning in Week 18 against the New York Jets.
The win over the Jets and a New England Patriots loss in Week 18 allowed Miami to grab the final playoff spot in the AFC.
Brady has a ton of familiarity with the AFC East from his time with the Patriots. If the Dolphins are concerned about playing Tagovailoa because of his head injuries, it could make sense for them to pursue Brady to at least keep the team in the playoff hunt next season.
Miami has been linked to Brady before, and it wouldn’t be surprising to see the team make a push for him this offseason given Tagovailoa’s current status.