For those of you who frequent this particular digital destination and/or who watch or listen to it PFT LiveYou already know that Dolphins wanted to hire Sean Payton to be the team’s next coach, with the idea of securing the services of quarterback Tom Brady. You also know that a lawsuit brought by former Dolphins coach Brian Flores (on the same day Brady announced his short-lived retirement) blew everything up.
It was, as we’ve said several times since late February, a done deal. It was happening. She was lined up. It was just a matter of time.
During the Super Bowl week, Brady could have been introduced as a minority owner of the Dolphins. Next, the Dolphins had a deal with the Saints for Payton, with at least the first round pick from Miami to New Orleans. Then, after the Buccaneers acquired a new quarterback through free trade or agency, a deal could be struck between Miami and Tampa Bay for Brady to play for the Dolphins.
Yes, this was happening. In fact, it was a done deal. It was the most unreported story of the Offseason, in large part because it was not first reported by ESPN.com and/or NFL Media. They’ve largely ignored and/or downplayed it since then, because it wasn’t for them.
This does not make it any less true.
Recently, multiple reports have added key details to the equation. The Dolphins were willing to award Payton a $100 million contract.
Dave Hyde from South Florida Sun Sentinel It was reported late last week that Payton would have made $20 million annually over five years. Albert Breer of SI.com reported Monday that he would have already hit $100 million over four years.
Whether it is four or five years, it is not surprising that: (1) it was agreed; and (2) the training market is in the process of collapsing.
Obviously this did not happen. Come next year, someone is sure to be doing another Payton tour. Cheetahs have already been attached to Peyton. As shown in game makersthe Cowboys were on the verge of replacing Jason Jarrett with Peyton in early 2019, but a strange turn of events involving the New Orleans Pelicans and Anthony Davis spoiled what was, at the time, a done deal.
Other teams may be interested in Payton by 2023. He will obviously play next year. It is a proven commodity. It is now known that he will be ready to train again. He almost did, without interruption.
But as for Flores’ lawsuit, it would have happened. Payton and Brady to Miami. Brady, is reunited with an old-school Parcells who burns midnight oil and demands a high degree of accountability from his players. Just like Bill Belichick.
To understand Brady’s attraction to Payton, it is better to understand Brady’s desire (although expressed to the pirates) to trade Bruce Arians for Todd Bowles, a Parcells patron. Although Brady couldn’t take a day over 20 years with Belichick, Brady knows the value of hard training to him and the rest of the team. A coach who works and works and works and expects a similar commitment from his players. That’s what Brady wanted, and that’s what he nearly got in Miami.
Let’s roll it forward, both ways. Could Payton and Brady, who will be a free agent in 2023, eventually team up elsewhere? It all depends on where Payton goes, and whether this team needs a quarterback. Miami, which remains a potential destination for Brady, will not change coaches after one year with Mike McDaniel. Cowboys, if Payton lands there, they won’t change their quarterback.
Could it be Carolina? It’s hard to imagine the Saints trading Payton’s rights within the department. However, when assessing potential points on both coaching and quarterbacks after next season is over, it makes sense to watch for the possibility, as slim as it may currently appear, for the planets to align in a way that results in a rival team looking for a new coach and a new quarterback. This team, if one fits the description, could be the next team trying to get to Payton and Brady.