The New Orleans Saints could’ve had quarterback Tom Brady, but they opted to continue with future first-ball Hall of Famer Drew Brees.
Tom Brady was a hot commodity on the free agency market this offseason. No one really thought he’d leave New England until he actually put the pen to paper on a new contract. Now he’s with the Saints rival, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
It didn’t have to be that way though.
According to CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora, the New Orleans Saints and Brady had “very serious interest.” This is an interesting development amid the unrest that Brees caused over his most recent comments.
That said, Brady not only went to Tampa Bay, but he brought Rob Gronkowski with him. Gronk, who retired a few seasons ago, was considered one of the best tight ends in the league and seemingly only wanted to continue his career if it was with Brady.
Brady in New Orleans would’ve made quite a bit of sense. The Saints already had an offensive system set up for an elite, pocket-passing quarterback. Brady could’ve slotted right in and replaced Brees.
However, the 41-year-old Brees signed a two-year deal this offseason. While this is expected to be his last season, Brees certainly has a reason to continue his career well into his 40s. Another aspect that’s important to note is that Brees is still playing at an extremely high level.
Brees led the league in completion percentage last season, marking his third straight season leading the league in said category.
He also recorded under ten inceptions and 27 touchdowns. With an array of records in both the Saints and NFL history books, Brees was still the easy option for New Orleans, but it is fascinating to contemplate what could’ve been.
What if Brady came to the Big Easy with Gronk? Gronk, Emmanuel Sanders, Michael Thomas, and Jared Cook to go with Alvin Kamara is quite the combo.
Thankfully, this team should be fine when it comes to putting points on the board.