Andrew Marchand reports that the legendary quarterback of the New Orleans Saints, Drew Bees, and NBC Sports have agreed to end their relationship after a year. Brees doesn’t want to continue his role as an in-studio analyst with “Football Night in America” and prefers to call it NFL games.
Brees, 43, signed a big-money deal with NBC after announcing his NFL retirement in 2020. Joining the network is believed to be his next step in separating longtime color analyst Cris Collingsworth from the booth for Sunday Night Football.
Unfortunately, critics panned Brees ’performance following play-by-play announcer Mike Tirico during the Raiders-Bengals playoff contest.
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The big networks that host football games are exchanging talent. Rumors have Brees jettied on NBC for Fox Sports after the network lost the lead broadcast duo of Joe Buck and Troy Aikman on ESPN’s Monday Night Football.
Brees ’former ball coach Sean Payton is due to end his deal to join Fox as a studio analyst on Sunday morning with host Carissa Thompson.
BROADCASTING CHANGES FOR 2022-23
Joe Buck and Troy Aikman – ESPN MNF
Mike Tirico and Cris Collinsworth – NBC SNF
Al Michaels and Kirk Herbstreit – Amazon TNF
Drew Brees ’exit from NBC is said to be a mutual decision and is still on Fox’s radar. This brings under the question of where the upcoming Hall of Famer will land on the broadcast, especially after Tom Brady signed a 10 -year, $ 375 million contract to start once he retires from the NFL.
Brees ended his NFL career as the top passing quarterback in game history until Brady surpassed his passing and touchdowns records last season.
It asks if Brady has Brees in his crosshairs and chases the former quarterback for his records and his life after football. All the ridicule, Drew Brees will find a new home and be successful inside and outside the broadcast booth.