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

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

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

During the 2019 season, Brady was communicating 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, that’s when the Dolphins organization started to tamper with Brady in an attempt to lure the quarterback to Miami when free agency hit that next offseason. The NFL says those conversations with Beal, who relayed the message to ownership, continued through the 2019 season and into the offseason.

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

The Dolphins organization was docked its 2023 first-round pick and 2024 third-round pick because of the tampering charges announced Tuesday.

NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy told The Providence Journal that Brady won’t be disciplined for what transpired with the Dolphins brass.

The news on Tuesday complicated things slightly for Brady, Patriots head coach Bill Belichick and the New England organization. It doesn’t make Brady look good that he was talking to the Dolphins while his team was in training camp or fighting for a playoff spot in the regular season. Although it doesn’t seem like the news was enough to strike a blow to Brady’s relationship with owner Robert Kraft or alienate himself from a loyal fan base, it certainly makes things a bit awkward.

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