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Had Drew Brees retired after last season, as the Saints believed he might, New Orleans' backup plan was to sign Tom Brady -- and he was interested in going there, league sources told ESPN.

In the opinion of sources close to the situation, a union between Brady and the Saints was more realistic than many realized -- and lasted up until the days before free agency opened, despite Brees' previous public comments in mid-February that he was committed to playing in 2020.

Saints coach Payton and Brady share a respectful relationship, and the Saints believed they could land Brady, according to...

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