Tom Brady’s Patriots Legacy Unaffected by Dolphin Messing

FOXBORO — Tom Brady’s legacy as the greatest quarterback of all time was confirmed long before his final New England season. Those six Super Bowl banners will forever hang in Gillette Stadium. His photos will likely linger around Patriot Place, as this region will never forget the ‘GOAT’.

Tuesday’s latest NFL news doesn’t change that.

During the 2019 season, Brady communicated with Miami Dolphins vice chairman and limited partner Bruce Beal. The conversation started in August when the quarterback was in his final training camp with the Patriots. According to the NFL, the Dolphins organization then began tampering with Brady in an attempt to lure the quarterback to Miami when free agency arrived the following offseason. The NFL says those conversations with Beal, who relayed the message to the property, continued throughout the 2019 and off-season.

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady shakes hands with Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill after the game on January 3, 2016 in Miami Gardens, Florida.

The Dolphins organization was given the first round of 2023 and the third round of 2024 due to the manipulation charges announced on Tuesday.

NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy told The Providence Journal that Brady will not be punished for what happened to the Dolphins buyers.

The news on Tuesday complicated matters somewhat for Brady, Patriots head coach Bill Belichick and the New England organization. Brady doesn’t look like he was talking to the Dolphins while his team was in training camp or fighting for a playoff spot in the regular season. While it doesn’t seem like the news was enough to deal a blow to Brady’s relationship with owner Robert Kraft or alienate himself from a loyal fanbase, it certainly makes things a bit uneasy.

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