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Breaking: Dolphins Punished By The NFL For Tampering

Miami Dolphins midfield logo.

Miami Dolphins midfield logo.

The NFL has decided on a punishment for the Miami Dolphins. The League has determined the AFC East organization "violated the integrity of the game," and they're going to pay a price for it. 

The NFL is stripping the Dolphins of their 2023 first-round pick and 2024 third-round pick. Owner Stephen Ross, meanwhile, is being suspended through Oct. 17 and fined $1.5 million. 

"NFL stripped the Dolphins of their 2023 first-round draft pick and 2024 third-round pick for violating the integrity of the game. Dolphins’ owner Stephen Ross also suspended through Oct. 17 and fined $1.5 million," said ESPN's Adam Schefter.

This all stems from Miami's "impermissible communication" with Tom Brady when he was still under contract with the New England Patriots in 2019. The Dolphins were in communication with Brady before the 2019 season, during it and even in the postseason.

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The NFL's investigation also found the Dolphins were even in contact with Brady during the 2021 season. Brady isn't the only notable NFL figure Miami was in contact with, though.

The Dolphins were also previously in contact with Sean Payton's agent about Payton's interest in potentially coaching the Dolphins. 

A stunning outcome for a wild NFL story. 

The Dolphins had hopes Tom Brady would one day be their quarterback and Sean Payton their head coach. 

However, those efforts failed. The team now has to give up its first-round pick in 2023 and third-round pick in 2024; a significant setback for the organization.