Tom Brady reportedly wanted to head home and finish his career with the 49ers, the team he grew up rooting for.
While the move reportedly was considered in the 49ers' building, the defending NFC champions decided to pass on the 42-year-old and stick with Jimmy Garoppolo. In the lead up to free agency, there were a number of whispers about the 49es replacing Garoppolo with Brady, but those whispers might have had zero substance behind them.
A 49ers team source apparently was just as confused as everyone else as to why the Brady rumors were swirling.
"I don't know why that was a thing," the team source told ESPN's Jeremy Fowler.
With the 49ers out of the picture, Brady decided to leave the New England Patriots for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, becoming the latest in a long line of sports greats to don a new jersey late in their careers.
The 49ers spent their free agency by bringing back Arik Armstead, Jimmie Ward, Ben Garland and Ronald Blair. They also traded DeForest Buckner to the Indianapolis Colts for the No. 13 overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft and lost Emmanuel Sanders to the New Orleans Saints.
A Brady to the Bay reunion was not meant to be, but perhaps they'll meet come playoff time with a trip to Super Bowl LV on the line.