TV Network Reaches Out To Drew Brees

As of today, Saints quarterback Drew Brees still has not made a decision about his future, but the 13-time Pro Bowler has received calls from at least one non-ESPN network to inquire about whether he would be interested in transitioning from quarterback to TV game analyst, league sources tell ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Although this does not mean that Brees will indeed be retiring this year to pursue a career in television, it does show that Brees will have a number of options following his playing career. ESPN’s Mike Triplett added that Brees has not shown an interest in the TV booth yet, but there will be strong interest in him if he decides to go down that road.

“Drew has not spoken with them or anyone about any new opportunities,” one source close to Brees told ESPN this weekend. “Until such time as a decision is made about next season, he will not be engaging in any conversations regarding or considering any new opportunities.” 

Brees, who turns 41 on Wednesday, likely would be viewed as a commodity as an analyst, similar to Tony Romo when he was wrapping up his NFL career. Romo has had great success as an analyst paired with Jim Nantz on CBS. But Brees has not decided whether he wants to continue playing or retire, which leaves the Saints in rather precarious situation.

Saints head coach Sean Payton said on ESPN’s Sunday NFL Countdown earlier today that he thinks Brees will return to the Saints next season and that he anticipates speaking to Brees about his future as early as Monday.

However, the Saints have no quarterbacks under contract for next season, as the contracts for Brees, Teddy Bridgewater and Taysom Hill have all expired, so coach Payton surely will want a decision from Brees sooner, rather than later.

Despite missing five games this season with a thumb injury, the Super Bowl XLIV MVP enjoyed another productive season with the Saints, passing for 2,979 yards and 27 touchdowns with just four interceptions. He also completed an NFL-best 74.3 percent of his passes and finished with a 116.3 quarterback rating, the league’s second-best mark.

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  1. imindless

    This again is media driving the Falsw narrative of brees even considering retirements. Has stated on numerous occasions he will play till he is 45 and that he wants to retire a saint. He will resign for 3 more years and play at a high level just like tom brady.

    • CubsRebsSaints

      He only has one more year. Due to arm strength. He actually can’t keep his arm strength where to needs to be for a full season. He needs his arm rested like he did this year. He needed a bye this year, badly.

  2. HubcapDiamondStarHalo

    Whether Brees retires or not, it seems like it’s time for the Saints to start thinking about drafting a successor. Outside of Brees, they currently have zero options.

    • Breezy

      That guy, Teddy Bridgewater, went 5-0 while Brees was hurt this season, and played exceptionally well. You may have heard of him. Completed nearly 70% of his passes, 9TDs 2INTs, etc etc.

        • Breezy

          Right, but I’m sure if Sean Payton wanted either Taysom or Teddy back next year, or long term, it wouldn’t be all that difficult to get done. Especially if they’re looking at Teddy as the possible heir to Brees

  3. BobLanier'sFeet

    Brees won’t retire until after Brady to keep his yardage and TD passes in the #1 position.

    • Wellthisshouldbeinteresting

      He’d have to be pretty solid then. Romo is pretty good, Sunset.

      • Itrainsontuesday

        I agree. Compared to his peers, he’s a much better announcer than starting QB.

  4. Romo is by far the best and most entertaining play by play analyst, although he’s been dialling it in and spending more time guessing plays than analysing in the second half of 2019. Still better than anyone else since Madden.

    • Baltsportsfan

      I can’t stand listening to Romo. He says some amazingly stupid things. I’m not sure if many of these national TV announcers watch the game they are calling though.

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