Before deciding to join the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Tom Brady was very close to signing with the New Orleans Saints instead.
The signing of Tom Brady changed the landscape of NFC South, but the division could have looked very different if the quarterback had landed somewhere else.
According to ESPN’s Jeff Darlington, the Saints were very close to landing Brady instead.
It’s something they can regret if they don’t already.
Tom Brady was close to signing with the Saints instead of the Bucs
As Darlington puts it, the timing was right out of New Orleans. When Brady hit the market, Drew Brees decided to return for another season with the franchise. If he had decided to retire, then the Brady competition could have played differently.
“The Saints did the right thing by bringing Brees back, but I think people still underestimate how close Tom Brady was to signing with the New Orleans Saints until he finally decided on the Bucs,” Darlington said.
As much as New Orleans will stand by their treatment of Brees, regrets about things not working out with Brady are likely to linger.
“Here’s the deal, Sean Payton can’t look back and say ‘Man, I would have loved to have Tom Brady last year because that would also have meant I want him for a few years to come. ‘. Darlington explained. “Despite the understanding they did what they were supposed to do, there’s a little bit of, let’s call it, regret that Tom Brady is not their quarterback.”
That Saints went 12-4 and won the division, so having Brees back did not put them back in 2020. However, the Brady Buccaneers led past New Orleans in the playoffs and went on to win the Super Bowl.
While the Saints want to rebuild with either Taysom Hill or Jameis Winston. Their quarterback picture is extremely blurry. In the meantime, it is Bucs can move forward with Brady.