It’s true — and utterly fascinating: Tom Brady nearly became a New Orleans Saint earlier this year.
If Drew Brees had retired — and he almost did in January — then Brady would have picked the Saints as his destination in free agency, a source said. The Saints were Brady’s preferred landing spot if Brees had moved on and the interest was reciprocal from the Saints, the source said.
Multiple news outlets, including ESPN and the NFL Network, reported the near-turn of events on Sunday morning, leading into the big Week 1 matchup between the Buccaneers and Saints at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
The Brady-Saints marriage made sense on many levels. The Saints’ high-powered offense and recent run of success appealed to Brady, who won six Super Bowls with the Patriots during his 20-year career there. New Orleans was geographically close to the East Coast, where Brady preferred to live for personal reasons. And Brady and Saints coach…