Miami Dolphins lose 2023 first-round pick after evidence of tampering
Ricky Gray | August 3, 2022
Owner Stephen Ross was also fined $1.5m for violating the anti-tampering policy.
The NFL has stripped the Miami Dolphins of its 2023 first-round pick after finding that the team violated the anti-tampering policy.
It was found that the Dolphins and mainly team owner Stephen Ross and Vice Chairman Limited Partner Bruce Beal violated the anti-tampering policy on three occasions from 2019 to 2022.
It was revealed that the team had conversations with quarterback Tom Brady and the agent for then-New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton, which violates the policy.
However, the NFL found no evidence that the team intentionally lost games through the 2019 season.
In addition to the first-round pick, the Dolphins also will forfeit their 2024 third-round selection.
Ross, meanwhile, was fined $1.5m and suspended through Oct. 17, barring him from the Dolphins' facility and can’t represent the team at any team event.
Beal was also fined $500,000 and isn't permitted to attend any league meetings for the rest of the 2022 season.
The reason for this is that Beal spearheaded communications with Brady, then the New England Patriots' quarterback, while he was still under contract.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell called the league's findings "unprecedented."
Goodell continued: “The investigators found tampering violations of unprecedented scope and severity.
“I know of no prior instance of a team violating the prohibition on tampering with both a head coach and star player, to the potential detriment of multiple other clubs, over a period of several years.
“Similarly, I know of no prior instance in which ownership was so directly involved in the violations.”
The Dolphins were one of five teams that had multiple picks in the 2023 NFL Draft.