The Tom Brady, Miami Dolphins smoke just won't go away.
While Brady, 44, is set to play the 2022 season for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, there continues to be chatter about what could have been with the Dolphins.
According to a new report by NBC Sports' Chris Simms, the Dolphins actually had a blockbuster trade offer on the table for Brady.
Simms reports that the Dolphins were going to trade a second round pick to the Buccaneers for Brady, who would be joined by Sean Payton in Miami.
“I was led to believe that it already had been talked about that (the Dolphins) were going to trade a second-round pick to Tampa Bay to get Brady. (The Bucs) weren’t going to hold him hostage,” Simms said. “Sean Payton and the Saints, that was going to be a first-round pick to get that deal done. And yes, the way I was told (it was going to be) Sean Payton head coach, Brady-Bruce Beal part-owner, going to give (Brady) a little time: ‘Oh yeah, I’m retired, but oh wait, I changed my mind, this Dolphins thing’s so good,’ and then come back and play with the Dolphins. That was what the plan was. That’s where the stars were trying to be aligned by Brady and Sean Payton. And of course it got upset by that (lawsuit).”
Perhaps those trade talks will be revisited in the 2023 offseason.
For now, though, Brady remains a member of the Bucs.