Tom Brady’s legacy with Patriots not tainted by Dolphins’ tampering

FOXBORO — Tom Brady’s legacy as the greatest quarterback of all time was cemented long before his final season in New England. These six Super Bowl banners will forever hang inside Gillette Stadium. His photos will likely continue to hang around Patriot Place because this area will never forget the “GOAT.”

The latest NFL news on Tuesday won’t change that.

During the 2019 season, Brady was communicating with Miami Dolphins vice president and sponsoring partner Bruce Beal. The conversation started in August when the quarterback was at his last training camp with the Patriots. According to the NFL, that’s when the Dolphins organization began tampering with Brady in an effort to lure the quarterback to Miami when free agency hit the upcoming offseason. The NFL says those conversations with Beal, who delivered the message to the property, continued throughout the 2019 season and into the offseason.

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

The Dolphins organization had their 2023 first-round pick and 2024 third-round pick withdrawn due to tampering charges announced Tuesday.

NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy told the Providence Journal that Brady will not be disciplined for what happened with the Dolphins brass.

Tuesday’s news made things slightly more complicated for Brady, Patriots head coach Bill Belichick and the New England organization. It doesn’t sound like Brady was talking to the Dolphins while his team was in training camp or fighting for a regular-season playoff berth. While it doesn’t seem like the news was enough to deal a blow to Brady’s relationship with owner Robert Kraft or move away from a loyal fan base, it certainly does make things a little awkward.

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