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Last week, the Miami Dolphins were fined for tampering as they tried to land Tom Brady and Sean Payton in South Florida.
Fittingly, Brady and the Dolphins’ first preseason game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers is this Saturday in Tampa, Florida.
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However, head coach Mike McDaniel isn’t dwelling on what happened years ago between the team and the quarterback.
“Nothing happened to me,” he told reporters on Wednesday.
McDaniel was asked if there was any awkwardness, but McDaniel insisted there was no such thing in his own locker room.
“Everybody does it weirdly. It doesn’t occupy a small space with anybody. It’s hard enough to be good in this league.”
Dolphins owner Stephen Ross has been under some heat lately, as former head coach Brian Flores allegedly offered to pay him $100,000 for every loss the team suffered during the 2019 season.
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Although the NFL’s investigation found no evidence of bribery, the league found that Ross thought tanking was in the best interest of the team.
But McDaniel is focused on today’s football and doesn’t even notice the past.
“As the Miami Dolphins, all of our energy is very coordinated and we just have to do with getting better, and everything else is an opportunity cost that we’re not willing to spend,” he said.
The Dolphins, instead of acquiring Brady, drafted Tua Tagovailoa with the sixth pick in 2020. He stuck with Flores last season.
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Saturday will be the first meeting between the two quarterbacks in the NFL since Tagovailoa was injured when the teams faced each other last season.