Apr 28, 2022; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA;  Former New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton looks at his phone on a time out during the first half of game six of the first round for the 2022 NBA playoffs at Smoothie King Center. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Dolphins planned to hook Sean Payton with $100M offer

Sean Payton might have had 100 million reasons to take his talents to South Beach.

The Sun-Sentinel reported Payton was offered a five-year, $100 million contract to coach the Dolphins, a whopping $20 million per season average that would have trumped the record $10 million annual benchmark set by Jon Gruden with the Raiders in 2018.

Payton announced he was retired “for now” in January and joined FOX Sports as an analyst.

“I don’t like the word retirement,” Payton said in January. “I still have a vision for doing things in football, and I’ll be honest with you, that might be coaching again at some point. I don’t think it’s this year … that’s not where my heart is right now. My plans are not to be coaching in 2022. And that’s just how I feel.”

Reports linked Payton and then-retired quarterback Tom Brady to Miami, but Brady came out of retirement to return to the Buccaneers.

Brady didn’t shoot down the report linking him to the Dolphins, saying, “I’ve had a lot of conversations with a lot of people.”

Saints defensive coordinator Dennis Allen was named head coach in New Orleans.

The Dolphins hired 49ers offensive coordinator Mike McDaniel to replace Brian Flores.

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Dec 12, 2021; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Kansas City Chiefs defensive end Melvin Ingram (24) greets fans while leaving the field after the win over the Las Vegas Raiders at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: Dolphins sign pass rusher Melvin Ingram

The Miami Dolphins signed three-time Pro Bowl pass rusher Melvin Ingram on Sunday, multiple reports said. Terms of the deal were not yet reported.

The veteran free agent split 2021 with the Kansas City Chiefs and Pittsburgh Steelers after spending his first nine NFL seasons with the San Diego/Los Angeles Chargers.

Ingram, 33, made three straight Pro Bowls from 2017-19. But after finishing 2020 with zero sacks in seven games, he was not re-signed and caught on with the Steelers, who traded him midseason to the Chiefs after his public trade request.

In 15 games last season (seven starts) Ingram compiled two sacks — one for Pittsburgh and one for Kansas City — and 25 tackles. He added two sacks in three postseason games for the Chiefs.

Ingram has recorded 51 career sacks, 385 tackles and three interceptions along with 15 forced fumbles and seven fumble recoveries in 128 games (103 starts). He has not played a full season since 2018 due to hamstring and knee injuries.

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Jan 9, 2022; Inglewood, California, USA;   Los Angeles Rams running back Sony Michel (25) runs for a first down in the first half of the game against the San Francisco 49ers at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Sony Michel to sign with Dolphins

Running back Sony Michel is planning to sign with the Miami Dolphins, ESPN reported Monday.

The 27-year-old free agent spent his first three seasons in New England after the Patriots drafted him in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft.

He joined the Los Angeles Rams via trade last August and rushed for a team-leading 845 yards with a career-best 21 receptions for the Super Bowl champions.

His most productive season on the ground came as a rookie in 2018, when he rushed for a career-high 931 yards with six touchdowns as the Patriots won Super Bowl LIII.

He instantly becomes the most accomplished runner in the Dolphins backfield with 3,137 career yards and 18 touchdowns on the ground, eclipsing next-best performer Raheem Mostert and his 1,610 yards.

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Jan 9, 2022; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Miami Dolphins defensive end Christian Wilkins (94) watches from the field after the game against the New England Patriots at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports

Dolphins exercise 5th-year option on DT Christian Wilkins

The Miami Dolphins exercised the fifth-year option on defensive tackle Christian Wilkins on Thursday.

Wilkins is guaranteed a salary of $10.753 million in 2023 as a result of the move.

The 26-year-old recorded career-best totals in tackles (89) and sacks (4.5) in 17 starts last season.

Wilkins has 192 tackles, eight sacks and three fumble recoveries in 47 career games (43 starts) since being selected by the Dolphins with the 13th overall pick of the 2019 NFL Draft.

The Clemson product also has a pair of 1-yard touchdown receptions on offense.

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Jan 9, 2022; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA;Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa (1) reacts after running with the football for a first down against the New England Patriots during the fourth quarter of the game at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports

Tua Tagovailoa beaming about bright outlook in Miami

Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa said Wednesday that he is embracing the opportunity created by the team’s very busy offseason.

The Dolphins, after all, acquired All-Pro wide receiver Tyreek Hill from the Kansas City Chiefs for a package of five draft picks, including a first- and second-rounder in this year’s draft. Hill promptly signed a four-year extension that will pay him $120 million, including $72.2 million guaranteed.

Miami also addressed its offensive line by signing free-agent tackle Terron Armstead to a five-year, $75 million contract.

The high-profile moves have ratcheted expectations in South Beach, and Tagovailoa isn’t shying away from them despite heading into his third NFL season with a third offensive system.

“Well I think pressure is going to be there every time,” he said Wednesday. “I don’t feel more pressure that we’ve acquired all these guys, but it’s more of an opportunity that I get, that we all get as a team to show what we can do this year.”

The spotlight squarely remains on Tagovailoa, who is 13-8 as a starter in his first two seasons after Miami selected him with the fifth overall pick of the 2020 NFL Draft.

“I just feel like there’s so (many) things that have happened, a lot of changes,” Tagovailoa said. “And a lot of good changes, I guess, with the people that we’ve picked up, the guys we’ve acquired as well. Just the locker room feels different. And we’re all excited. This is the first time I’ve seen a lot of guys show up to Phase 1 of (the offseason program) — and a lot of veterans are showing up to it. I think that speaks a lot to (new coach Mike McDaniel) and the relationship he has to a lot of the guys on the team. And the amount of respect that he has from the players in the locker room.”

Tagovailoa, 24, has completed 66.2 percent of his passes for 4,467 yards, 27 touchdowns and 15 interceptions in 23 career games. He has also rushed for 237 yards and six scores.

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Jan 23, 2022; Tampa, Florida, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) throws a the ball during the second half against the Los Angeles Rams in a NFC Divisional playoff football game at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Pendleton-USA TODAY Sports

Bucs GM: No contract talks with Tom Brady amid Dolphins report

Following a report that the Miami Dolphins had concocted a plan to make Tom Brady both their quarterback and a minority owner, Tampa Bay general manager Jason Licht said the Bucs have not engaged with Brady about his future beyond 2022.

In a pre-draft press conference with reporters Tuesday, Licht was asked if Tampa Bay had spoken with Brady about working out a new contract or even a deal with an ownership stake.

“No, we haven’t had those discussions,” Licht said. “The only discussions we’ve had with Tom is when he came back. We’re excited about this year and excited to get going.”

Brady announced his retirement from football Feb. 1 before un-retiring March 13 and returning for a third season with the Buccaneers. The Buccaneers have one more season of contractual control with the seven-time Super Bowl winner.

The Boston Globe reported this month that the Dolphins planned to announce Brady as a minority owner and then bring him on as their starting quarterback in 2023 after a year of “retirement.” The plan also called for Sean Payton, who recently retired from the New Orleans Saints, to take over as their head coach.

The Dolphins pulled the plug on the plan, the report said, following former coach Brian Flores’ racial discrimination lawsuit against the NFL, Miami and other teams.

Licht dismissed the Boston Globe report as “chatter.”

“We’re focused on putting our team together here with the draft and we’re all excited. We’re all in lockstep here — Tom, Todd (Bowles), myself, Byron (Leftwich), the entire coaching staff on this season.”

Last month, Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians stepped down and moved into a front-office role a few weeks after Brady’s unretirement. Defensive coordinator Todd Bowles was promoted to head coach. Licht denied rumors then that Arians leaving his post was a condition of Brady’s return.

“You can’t believe everything you hear and see and read,” Licht said. “There’s always going to be some friction between people on a staff and players and a coach. It’s just normal. And like you said, it can be healthy. We didn’t really think much about it.”

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Aug 19, 2020; Ashburn, Virginia, USA; Washington Football Team linebacker Reuben Foster (56) runs onto the field prior to day twenty-two of training camp at Inova Sports Performance Center in Ashburn, Virginia. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Report: LB Reuben Foster to work out for Dolphins

Linebacker Reuben Foster will work out for the Dolphins on Friday, the Miami Herald reported.

Foster has not played a game in the NFL since being waived by the San Francisco 49ers in November 2018. The 49ers let the former first-round pick go in the wake of a domestic violence accusation stemming from an alleged incident during a team road trip to Tampa, Fla.

The charges were later dismissed, but Foster sustained a significant knee injury in his first practice after signing with Washington in 2019.

Should Foster join Miami, he’d see a familiar face in Mike McDaniel. The new Dolphins head coach was with the 49ers during Foster’s time with the club in 2017-18

Foster, 28, has recorded 101 tackles and two pass deflections in 16 games since being selected by the 49ers with the 31st overall pick of the 2017 NFL Draft.

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Jan 23, 2022; Tampa, Florida, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) reacts during the first half against the Los Angeles Rams in a NFC Divisional playoff football game at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Tom Brady was close to joining Dolphins as owner

Tom Brady was close to becoming an owner of the Miami Dolphins during his brief retirement this winter, Pro Football Talk reported Thursday.

According to the report, there was a plan in place for Miami to bring in Brady as the starting quarterback and as a minority owner and also to pursue Sean Payton as the Dolphins’ new head coach.

The announcement would have been made during the week before the Feb. 13 Super Bowl, per the report.

On Feb. 1, however, former Dolphins coach Brian Flores filed a racial discrimination lawsuit against the NFL, the Dolphins, New York Giants and Denver Broncos.

The Dolphins pulled the plug on the Brady/Payton plan after the lawsuit.

Last month, the 44-year-old Brady announced he was unretiring and returning for a third season with Tampa Bay and 23rd overall in 2022.

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Jan 9, 2022; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Miami Dolphins wide receiver DeVante Parker (11) watches from the field during the second quarter of the game against the New England Patriots at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports

Patriots announce trade for WR DeVante Parker

The New England Patriots on Tuesday formally announced their trade for wide receiver DeVante Parker.

The Dolphins also paid tribute to Parker, who played seven seasons in Miami.

Terms were not announced. However, the Dolphins will send a fifth-round pick in this year’s draft to the Patriots in exchange for a third-round pick in the 2023 NFL Draft, per reports from this past weekend.

Parker, 29, became expendable after Miami acquired All-Pro wideout Tyreek Hill in last month’s trade with the Kansas City Chiefs, and after a breakout season by 2021 rookie Jaylen Waddle.

A first-round pick in 2015 (14th overall), Parker caught 40 passes for 515 yards and two touchdowns in 10 games in 2021. Over seven seasons with the Dolphins, he logged 338 catches for 4,727 yards and 24 scores in 93 games (64 starts). His best season was 2019 with 72 receptions for 1,202 yards and nine TDs, all career highs.

Under the two remaining years on his contract, Parker is due a base salary of $5.65 million in 2022 and $5.7 million in 2023, per Spotrac.

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Jan 9, 2022; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Miami Dolphins wide receiver DeVante Parker (11) watches from the field during the second quarter of the game against the New England Patriots at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: Dolphins deal WR DeVante Parker to Patriots

The Miami Dolphins are trading wide receiver DeVante Parker to the AFC East rival New England Patriots, multiple media outlets reported Saturday.

The Dolphins also will send a fifth-round pick in this year’s draft to the Patriots in exchange for a third-round pick in the 2023 NFL Draft, per the reports.

Parker, 29, became expendable after Miami acquired All-Pro wideout Tyreek Hill in last month’s trade with the Kansas City Chiefs, and after a breakout season by 2021 rookie Jaylen Waddle.

A first-round pick in 2015 (14th overall), Parker caught 40 passes for 515 yards and two touchdowns in 10 games in 2021. Over seven seasons with the Dolphins, he logged 338 catches for 4,727 yards and 24 scores in 93 games (64 starts). His best season was 2019 with 72 receptions for 1,202 yards and nine TDs, all career highs.

Under the two remaining years on his contract, Parker is due a base salary of $5.65 million in 2022 and $5.7 million in 2023, per Spotrac.

–Field Level Media