Miami Dolphins Not Expected to Pursue Tom Brady

The Miami Dolphins are apparently happy with what they've seen from quarterback Tua Tagovailoa. According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the team will not pursue free-agent quarterback Tom Brady this offseason.

The Miami Dolphins were penalized for tampering with Brady earlier this season, resulting in a forfeited first-round pick, fines, and suspensions. Brady briefly retired ahead of the 2022 regular season before eventually returning to finish out his contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Brady is speculated to be searching for a new home for the 2023 season, so the Dolphins were considered a natural fit. However, the Dolphins have evidently moved on due to the breakout performance of their third-year quarterback Tagovailoa. Over 13 appearances in the 2022 season, Tagovailoa posted league-best marks in passer rating (105.5) and net yards per passing attempt (8.04).

The Dolphins are wise to stick with Tagovailoa. His lingering concussion issues briefly opened the door for a hypothetical world where Brady made sense, but if they believe their young passer can be healthy going forward, he's earned their confidence. Even on the off-chance Brady could prove an upgrade, it would be a temporary one. The seven-time Super Bowl champion turns 46 years old in August.

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