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Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Drew Brees reportedly receiving interest from TV network for analyst job

Drew Brees

Drew Brees has yet to decide if he wants to continue playing football in 2020, and at least one television network is trying to get ahead of things in case the star quarterback does end up retiring.

At least one television network has reached out to Brees to gauge his interest in working as an NFL analyst next season, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports. Brees has not engaged the network — which is not ESPN — in a discussion.

“Drew has not spoken with them or anyone about any new opportunities,” a source close to Brees told Schefter. “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 will turn 41 on Wednesday, but he continued to play at a high level for the New Orleans Saints in 2019. He threw for nearly 3,000 yards with 27 touchdowns and just four interceptions despite missing five games with a thumb injury. He also completed 74.3 percent of his passes, which was the best mark in the NFL.

Saints head coach Sean Payton was a guest on ESPN’s “Sunday NFL Countdown,” and he said he believes Brees will return next season. Brees is set to become a free agent, so he would need to work out a new contract with New Orleans for that to happen.

Brees has four children ranging in ages from 10 to 5, and he said after the Saints’ disappointing loss to the Minnesota Vikings last week that his family would be the reason he retired. That could be an indication that he would not be in a rush to jump into something like a TV job if he does hang up the cleats.

While he clearly thinks he can play for several more years based on the comments he made last week, Brees seems less certain about his future than Tom Brady.

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