Analyst Claims Tom Brady Would’ve Been Saints Quarterback Had Drew Brees Retired in 2020

Published 02/23/2021, 11:46 AM EST
Jan 3, 2021; Tampa, Florida, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) reacts after they score a touchdown during the first quarter against the Atlanta Falcons at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports


Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers put together one of the best Super Bowl runs in 2020. The Bruce Arians-coached franchise defeated the defending champions Kansas City Chiefs by a comprehensive 9-31 scoreline earlier this month.

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In doing so, they became the first team to win the Lombardi Trophy in front of home fans. Veteran quarterback Tom Brady won his 7th Championship ring.

Feb 7, 2021; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) celebrates with the Vince Lombardi Trophy after beating the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LV at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

He threw for 4,600+ yards with 40 passing touchdowns against 12 interceptions. Brady also threw 3 touchdowns in the Super Bowl LV game at the Raymond James Stadium.

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But things could have gone quite differently for the 43-year-old quarterback in 2020. Popular NFL Network correspondent Adam Schefter explains why.

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While appearing on The Rich Eisen Show earlier this week, Adam Schefter went on to reveal that Brady was close to joining NFC South rivals New Orleans Saints in 2020.

But friend/foe Drew Brees decided against retirement, which forced Brady to move to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

He said, “If he hadn’t come back, I really believe that there’s a chance that Tom Brady would have been the Saints quarterback this year. And he would have been playing in New Orleans not yet but that’s a different story.

Sep 13, 2020; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) throws against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the first quarter at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

“And so he came back now what is going through his mind once he steps away? There are so many players that plan to retire, wanna retire, and then to actually get them to it’s not a simple thing.

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“And so, I’m not telling you he is I still, I still think he will retire. But I don’t think these things are just black and white,” Schefter told Rich Eisen.

Just like Brady, even Brees confirmed that he will return for New Orleans in 2021. With Jameis Winston and Taysom Hill also present on the QB depth chart, coach Sean Payton will look to conjure together a Super Bowl push this season.

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Who do you think will win the NFC South in 2021? Tell us in the comments below.

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Daniel Arambur is an NFL writer and content strategist for EssentiallySports.With more than 1,000 articles, he is one of the senior writers in the NFL cohort at ES. A mass media graduate from the University of Mumbai, Daniel has found the perfect blend of vocation and passion in the sports content niche.

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