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September 19, 2019
The Miami Dolphins claim they aren’t tanking, the NFL is a bit skeptical. The league’s competition committee is likely to look into whether the Dolphins have purposefully stripped down their team in 2019 in order to lose games and secure the No. 1 overall pick in the 2020 draft.
The committee would certainly have a good case to make, should they prob into the Dolphins’ affairs. In the last few weeks, the Dolphins have unloaded young stars Minkah Fitzpatrick and Laremy Tunsil in exchange for draft capital. Meanwhile, they’ve been outscored 102-10 through two weeks of the season.
There is some precedent for the league looking into potential tanking. Five years ago, the committee questioned the Cleveland Browns’ motives, but ultimately did not take action.