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.