Sep 22, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) celebrates with tight end Jimmy Graham (80) after a touchdown against the Arizona Cardinals during the second half of a game at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The Saints defeated the Cardinals 31-7. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Dolphins Missed Out on Saints' Drew Brees and Jimmy Graham

The New Orleans Saints and Miami Dolphins are set to do battle on Monday Night Football, but the two sides have been fighting each other for years.

New Orleans has won both major battles.

It was not long ago the Saints ripped quarterback Drew Brees from the Dolphins in free agency. More recently, the Saints also ripped tight end Jimmy Graham from the Dolphins before Miami could use its draft selection to take a risk on the former basketball star. ESPN’s Mike Triplett has the details:

It’s been well-chronicled that the Miami Dolphins missed out on quarterback Drew Brees when he was a free agent in 2006. The Dolphins might have wound up with tight end Jimmy Graham, too, if the New Orleans Saints hadn’t snagged him first in the 2010 NFL draft.

With Graham on another tear to start his fourth NFL season (23 catches for 358 yards and four touchdowns), Saints coach Sean Payton was asked Friday to think back to when the team took a chance on the converted basketball player with little college football experience. And Payton recalled the story of when his mentor Bill Parcells — then an executive with the Dolphins — called him “30 seconds after the selection” to applaud the pick.

Regardless of the outcome on Monday, the Saints have already won two very important battles against Miami. It speaks well to how effective the Saints have been in the draft since stealing Brees that they were not the only squad interested in bringing Graham on board.

Brees and Graham reside in New Orleans, and while Miami knows this fact well, the Dolphins may be in for a rude reminder come Monday.



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