New Orleans Saints legend Drew Brees hung up his cleats last March and accepted a job as an analyst for NBC. This weekend, the New York Post reported Brees would not be working for NBC in 2022, leading the former quarterback to head to Twitter and address his future. Though he said the reports were not accurate, he added that returning to the field was a possibility.
“Despite speculation from media about my future this fall, I’m currently undecided,” Brees tweeted. “I may work for NBC, I may play football again, I may focus on business and philanthropy, I may train for the pickleball tour, senior golf tour, coach my kids or all of the above. I’ll let you know.”
Monday morning, new Saints head coach Dennis Allen was asked about Brees’ tweet, and he said he believes the comment was made in jest.
“My wife’s the one that told me about it because I don’t follow social media,” Allen said, via WDSU. “So I thought, ‘Well that’s interesting. That’ll bring up some questions tomorrow at the golf tournament.’ Yeah but certainly, I think it was a comment made in jest and we certainly haven’t had any conversations in that regard.”
If we are going to take Brees’ comments on returning to football seriously, then we will have to do the same for his thoughts on joining the pickleball tour. The 43-year-old surely misses playing football, but where would he play if he were to return? The Saints signed Jameis Winston to a multi-year extension this offseason, signed Andy Dalton to serve as his backup and still have Taysom Hill and Ian Book on roster as well. Could Brees come back wearing a different uniform?
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It’s tough to tell if Brees is serious about a potential return to football, but now that he’s brought it up in his tweet, questions will continue to be asked. If he does return to the field, maybe Brees would be best suited to wait until a spot opens up in the middle of the season.
When Brees announced his retirement last year, he did so as the NFL‘s all-time leader in career passing yards, completions and completion percentage. He has five All-Pro honors to his name, two Offensive Player of the Year awards and an MVP from Super Bowl XLIV.