Few rival teams, if any, will be affected more by Tom Brady's decision to join the Tampa Bay Buccaneers than the New Orleans Saints.
Drew Brees and Co. have won the division for three straight years. If that streak is going to reach four in 2020, it'll have to go through the six-time Super Bowl champion.
Saints head coach Sean Payton appeared on ESPN's Get Up! on Tuesday morning. Brady's decision was among the topics discussed.
"I don't know that it was that surprising," Payton said of Brady's decision. "He's someone that we've got great respect for. Obviously he's going to change the bar there."
Tampa Bay hasn't won the NFC South since 2007. The Bucs will enter the 2020 season as at least a dark-horse pick to win it, though.
Payton also revealed that he was texting with Brady following his free agency decision. He shared what he sent to the Bucs' new quarterback.
"I finished my text back to him with #KeepTheCannonsQuiet," he said on ESPN.
Payton and the Saints are obviously hoping that the Bucs have a quiet 2020 season. It's tough to see Brady complying with that, though.
New Orleans and Tampa Bay will play at least twice in 2020. We can't wait for those matchups.