The NFL has released the findings and discipline from the independent investigation into integrity of the game policy violations involving the Miami Dolphins.
Tom Brady's name comes up multiple times in the report.
The league found that the Dolphins had impermissible contact with Brady in 2019 and 2020 when he was under contract with the New England Patriots. The league states the Dolphins' communication with Brady began "as early as August 2019 and continued through the 2019 season and postseason."
The report also says the Dolphins again had impermissible contact with Brady after the 2021 season when the future Hall of Fame quarterback was under contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. According to the report, Brady had discussions with Miami "no later than early December 2021" about becoming a part-owner of the Dolphins and "possibly serving as a football executive."
Sports Illustrated's Albert Breer laid out all the major findings from the investigation in the following tweet:
What are the consequences for Miami?
The league is handing down strict punishment to the Dolphins for their violations, including the loss of a 2023 first-round draft pick and a 2024 third-round selection.
The Patriots will play the Dolphins at Miami on Sept. 9 in Week 1 of the 2022 regular season. The Bucs host the Dolphins for joint practices in Tampa Bay next week. It's going to be an interesting August and September for these three franchises.