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NFL Rumors: Dolphins out of Tom Brady sweepstakes ... with one caveat

NFL Rumors: Dolphins out of Tom Brady sweepstakes ... with one caveat

Apparently Stephen Ross wasn't just posturing.

The Miami Dolphins owner said recently he wasn't sure why New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady would want to sign with the Miami Dolphins in free agency.

The Miami Herald's Barry Jackson reported Monday that Ross' sentiment was "genuine."

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"According to one source, Miami is unlikely to strongly pursue Brady in free agency," Jackson wrote.

The Dolphins -- a young team flush with cap space led by a former Patriots assistant in head coach Brian Flores -- seemed like an enticing destination for Brady should he leave New England.

But Miami apparently is committed to its rebuild, and signing a 42-year-old quarterback (regardless of his talent) certainly wouldn't fit that philosophy.

So, Brady will have no involvement with the Dolphins, right?

Not necessarily. Jackson also addressed the rumor that the six-time Super Bowl champion could purchase a minority stake in the Dolphins.

"The source could not rule out the possibility ... that Brady might someday — well down the road — buy a minority stake in the team," Jackson wrote.

As Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio reported last week, Ross' business partner, Bruce Beal, has an option to buy the team and in theory could sell a portion of his stake to Brady.

Ross (like Brady, a Michigan alum) said recently he has no plans to sell the Dolphins, so an ownership change doesn't appear imminent.

As for 2020 free agency, it appears you can cross Miami off Brady's list of potential destinations.

NFL rumors: Dolphins owner Stephen Ross isn't exactly embracing Tom Brady rumors

NFL rumors: Dolphins owner Stephen Ross isn't exactly embracing Tom Brady rumors

The Tom Brady rumors have been percolating throughout the assembled media at the Super Bowl and beyond. Vegas? (click here.) Nashville? (here.) Los Angeles? (here.)

And...site of Super Bowl 54 itself - Miami.

TB12 taking his talents to South Beach?

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Dolphins owner Stephen Ross was playing it coy, via Safid Deen, who covers the Dolphins for the Sun-Sentinel of South Florida.

Why Miami? They could use an upgrade at quarterback - though Ryan Fitzpatrick said this week he intends to return to the Dolphins. 

Also, coach Brian Flores is a former Patriots assistant. They've got $100 million in cap space. It's not 30 degrees there today and isn't during the football season. The Bradys have a vacation home in Costa Rica, a short flight from Miami. It seems a natural place to expand the TB12 brand. Ross, like Brady, is a Michigan alum. 

There's also a rumored possible ownership stake available to Brady from Ross' partner Bruce Beal, first reported by NFL Draft analyst Tony Pauline this week and echoed by Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio on Friday. 

Still, Flores parting ways with offensive coordinator Chad O'Shea, another former Patriots assistant, was also said to cast doubt on the Dolphins as a landing spot for Brady. 

And then there's Sun-Sentinel sports columnist Dave Hyde calling Brady-to-the-Dolphins the "dumbest rumor of the week" at the Super Bowl. 

Hyde writes:

It would be the saddest sight you can imagine in sports - an aging superstar on an awful team for his final days. Think Joe Namath on the Rams - tripled for cringe factor.

Only six more weeks of this. 

 

Report: 'League-wide' interest in signing Brady as free agent

Report: 'League-wide' interest in signing Brady as free agent

What's the market for a soon-to-be 43-year-old quarterback coming off a first-round playoff exit?

When it's THIS QB, there's plenty of interest, an AFC personnel director tells Chris Gasper of the Boston Globe.

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As The Tom Brady Watch wraps up its first week, with the Patriots legend and greatest to play the position is poised to become a free agent for the first time in his career, the anonymous AFC personnel director told Gasper, that, at 43 next season and despite a drop in his statistics the past two seasons, Brady would be "a better quarterback than most of the guys in the NFL."

“I think at this point a lot of teams would have interest,” he told Gasper “How could you not? Not just us, league-wide.

“Anybody with any kind of question mark at QB would have to look at him — they would be crazy not to — even though he’s 42. He’s a better quarterback than most of the guys in the NFL."

The personnel director suggested that the Miami Dolphins, with former Patriots defensive-signal caller Brian Flores as coach, and the Tennessee Titans, coached by ex-Pats linebacker Mike Vrabel, would be interested in Brady. 

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The Los Angeles Chargers, as they move to a new stadium they'll share with the Rams and likely part ways with QB Phillip Rivers, are also an oft-mentioned Brady destination.

Ex-Indianapolis Colts coach and current NBC NFL analyst Tony Dungy said the Colts would be a good fit.

So, as the magic date of March 18, when Brady is officially a free agent, draws closer and if there's no movement in Brady's talks with the Patriots, expect to hear of plenty of possible landing spots. 

“He can still play. He’s not one of these guys where the wheels fell off and he can’t play anymore," the personnel director told Gasper. "I wouldn’t go there at all. He did not have a lot to work with, I’ll be honest.”