Tom Brady won’t face discipline in Dolphins’ tampering case

The Miami Dolphins are paying a heavy price for tampering with Tom Brady, but the GOAT won’t be facing any penalties

The Miami Dolphins tried unsuccessfully to lure Tom Brady away multiple times in recent years, while he was under contract with the New England Patriots and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

For their trouble, the Dolphins were hit with heavy penalties from the NFL on Tuesday morning, including the loss of their first-round pick in the 2023 NFL draft, and their third-round pick in the 2024 NFL draft.

Brady will not face any discipline for his role in the communications that took place between his camp and the Dolphins, per multiple reports.

So, while the Dolphins continue to deal with the fallout over this situation, Brady will continue preparing for the upcoming season with the Bucs, which will include a visit from the Dolphins next week for joint practices.

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Dolphins pay steep price for failed attempt at luring Tom Brady, Sean Payton

The Miami Dolphins were hit with stiff penalties by the NFL for tampering with Tom Brady and Sean Payton

The NFL brought the hammer down on the Miami Dolphins on Tuesday morning, leveling steep penalties after the league found evidence the team tampered with Tom Brady and Sean Payton.

Among the penalties will be the Dolphins losing their first-round pick in the 2023 NFL draft, and their third-round pick in the 2023 NFL draft, as well as other fines and suspensions for team officials.

Here are all the details:

Dolphins lose multiple draft picks for tampering with Tom Brady, Sean Payton

The Miami Dolphins are paying a hefty price for tampering with Tom Brady and Sean Payton

The Miami Dolphins have lost multiple draft picks as a result of the NFL’s investigation into allegations of tampering.

Miami is forfeiting their first-round pick in the 2023 NFL draft, and their third-round pick in the 2024 NFL draft, after the league found impermissible communications between the Dolphins and both Tom Brady and Sean Payton.

The investigation claims that the Dolphins had contact with Brady during multiple periods, including when he was under contract with the New England Patriots, as well as more recently with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Those findings indicate that discussions involved Brady as a potential part-owner of the Dolphins, as well as the possibility of him also playing for the team.

Payton retired as the head coach of the New Orleans Saints, and remains out of the NFL for the time being.

After leading the Bucs to a Super Bowl win and back-to-back playoff appearances, Brady is back in Tampa Bay for a third season in 2023 after a brief retirement earlier this offseason.

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Cowboys WR Michael Gallup won’t play in season opener vs. Bucs

The Dallas Cowboys won’t have wide receiver Michael Gallup back from his knee injury for Week 1 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers

When the Dallas Cowboys host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to kick off the 2022 NFL regular season, they’ll do so without one of their top offensive weapons.

Wide receiver Michael Gallup, who is coming off a season-ending knee injury, told the media Thursday that playing in Week 1 is “not a reasonable possibility,” per USA TODAY Sports’ Jori Epstein.

Gallup is expected to have an expanded role in the Cowboys’ offense following the departure of Amari Cooper, but it doesn’t look like he’ll be ready to face the Bucs to open up the season.

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LOOK: Best photos from Ryan Fitzpatrick’s tenure with the Bucs

Now that Ryan Fitzpatrick is hanging up his cleats, check out some of the best photos from his time with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers

After a 17-year career with nine different NFL teams, veteran quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick is hanging up his cleats.

Though he only spent two of those seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, his tenure was among the most memorable of his career, with plenty of iconic moments that will be etched in the memory of Bucs fans forever.

Here are some of the best images from Fitzpatrick’s time in Tampa Bay:

Jordan Whitehead vents frustration with his role in Bucs defense

After signing with the New York Jets in free agency, Jordan Whitehead shares why he had grown frustrated with his role in Tampa Bay

One of the biggest names the Tampa Bay Buccaneers lost this offseason was starting safety Jordan Whitehead, who signed with the New York Jets in free agency.

The Bucs reportedly didn’t even make an offer to Whitehead, and it appears his departure was mutual, as the former fourth-round pick out of Pitt recently vented his frustrations with his role in Tampa Bay’s defense.

“I’m a team player, but I was frustrated,” Whitehead told Mike Kaye of Pro Football Network. “I would come out on third down, sometimes. I just felt like I was making enough plays, and I was being a leader on the team. It just felt like I should have been in the game. … I’m a team player, and it’s a team-first mentality, but I definitely was frustrated. I think anybody would be.”

Whitehead was part of a young safety rotation that included Antoine Winfield Jr. and Mike Edwards, both of whom have excelled at making big plays in coverage over the past few seasons.

Despite his frustrations in Tampa Bay, Whitehead credits Tampa Bay defensive coordinator-turned head coach Todd Bowles for helping him develop a commitment to good communication in the secondary.

“Each year in the league, I feel like [I’ve] been more comfortable communicating,” Whitehead told Kaye. “[Bowles] was big on his safeties, and he would be hard on us, and he would make sure we were talking. If we weren’t talking, he was going to say something. So, that was my biggest thing last year, being a vocal guy, communicating, getting the defense set up, and that’s what I stick to now. That’s part of my game. I want to make sure everyone is on the same page. If there’s a bust [in coverage], I put that on myself.”

Along with Winfield and Edwards, the Bucs added a pair of experienced veterans at safety this offseason in Logan Ryan and Keanu Neal, hoping to offset Whitehead’s departure.

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Don’t expect Antonio Brown to play for an NFL team in 2022

After his 2021 season ended with a dramatic, mid-game departure, Antonio Brown doesn’t expect to play for an NFL team this year

Once one of the NFL’s most productive pass-catchers, former All-Pro wide receiver won’t be hitting the field again anytime soon.

After his 2021 season came to a dramatic halt in the middle of a game, Brown said in an interview during a Fan Controlled Football League game that nobody should expect him to play in 2022.

Brown ended his brief tenure in Tampa Bay with a dramatic, mid-game exit, taking off most of his uniform and equipment and jogging across the field in the middle of a play as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers mounted an epic comeback win over the New York Jets.

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Tom Brady’s return forced NFL schedule-makers to ‘start all over’

When the GOAT ended his brief “retirement,” it forced the NFL’s schedule-making process to go back to square one

When Tom Brady decided to end his “retirement” after just 41 days, Tampa Bay Buccaneers fans were understandably thrilled.

That sentiment likely wasn’t shared across the rest of the league, including by those who are tasked with the massive challenge of creating the league’s reguar-seasons schedule.

Sam Farmer of the Los Angeles Times recently spoke with NFL broadcasting chief Howard Katz, who admitted that while Brady’s return helped bring some weight back to the NFC’s 2022 slate, it did force a restart on the whole project (via Joe Bucs Fan):

“When Tom Brady retired, we were concerned about the strength of the NFC package because there were so many terrific Tampa Bay games we were looking at,” Katz said. “Then a month later he un-retires and we sort of started all over again.”

Even without Brady, the Bucs would have had a strong roster on both sides of the ball this season, but they were likely headed for plenty more 1 p.m. games on Sunday afternoons with anyone else at quarterback. Once Brady made his about-face, it looks like the league had to make one of their own.

When the NFL unveils the schedule Thursday night, don’t be surprised if Brady and the Bucs are heavily featured, with plenty of nationally televised slots and prime-time matchups.

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Richard Sherman leaving the football field for the TV booth?

All-Pro cornerback Richard Sherman might be handing in his cleats for a headset this season

Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Richard Sherman might be turning in his cleats for a headset this season.

The All-Pro defender is in “deep talks” with Amazon for a significant role in their NFL programming for the upcoming 2022 season, per NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.

Sherman will continue to stay in shape in case the opportunity to return to the field presents itself, Rapoport added.

After signing with the Bucs in Week 4 of last season, Sherman struggled to stay healthy throughout the year, but still provided valuable insight for Tampa Bay’s young secondary unit.

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Former Bucs WR Antonio Brown calls Colin Kaepernick ‘trash’

See what former Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Antonio Brown had to say about Colin Kaepernick

Antonio Brown’s departure from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers was memorable, but now he’s making headlines with his comments about another former player who doesn’t seem to have much interested from NFL teams.

Appearing on “Cigar Talk,” the former Bucs wide receiver was asked about Colin Kaepernick, who hasn’t played in the NFL since his peaceful protests against racism and police brutality, and AB didn’t hold back (via TMZ Sports).

Brown called Kaepernick “trash” in regards to his on-field play, criticizing his decision to take a financial settlement from the NFL back in 2019, among other things.

Here’s some of what Brown had to say, via TMZ Sports:

After signing with the Bucs halfway through the 2020 season and winning Super Bowl LV, Brown’s tenure in Tampa Bay came to a dramatic end when he left in the middle of a game last season following a sideline outburst.

Brown subsequently claimed mistreatment by the Bucs in regards to an ankle injury he was dealing with at the time of his departure, while head coach Bruce Arians claims the situation arose because Brown was frustrated with a lack of passes coming his way.

Since being released by the San Francisco 49ers following the 2016 season, Kaepernick has maintained that he still wants to play in the NFL, most recently holding workouts at Michigan’s spring game, and with Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Tyler Lockett.

Kaepernick and Brown both remain unsigned by NFL teams.

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