With Drew Brees’ Future Up in the Air, He (Jokingly?) Teases Potential Return to Football

When news of Drew Brees’ departure from NBC broke earlier, I had to get my jokes in.

And with the quickness:

But what if Brees isn’t joking?

Brees, 43, retired after the 2020 season. Getting eliminated in a home playoff game against the eventual Super Bowl champion Buccaneers sent Brees off riding into the sunset. But after just one year on NBC’s football coverage, Brees’ future appears to be up in the air.

In attempting to clarify his situation, he made it a bit muddier:

A Brees return to the NFL would be the latest jaw-dropping news in an offseason full of them. Brees is one of the league’s all-time great quarterbacks. He doesn’t need to come back to pad his already Hall of Fame worthy résumé. But we’ve seen other high-end athletes return for lesser reasons.

And while the Saints seem to be cool rocking with Jameis Winston, perhaps their latest expenditures is nudging Brees toward coming back:

And yet, I can’t fathom a Brees comeback tour. Perhaps he is joshing about that part. Maybe Brees is kidding about a return to football. One last “ha-ha” while his name is in some headlines. But if Tom Brady can retire and un-do his retirement on a whim, why can’t Brees?

Stay tuned.

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Luis C. Medina, who you can find on Twitter at lcm1986, has been covering the Chicago Bears at Bleacher Nation since 2017. Since then, he has written about 3 head coaches, 5 play-callers, and 11 starting quarterbacks. Previously, Luis wrote about the Cubs and MLB at BN (2015-16) and worked in the Chicago Tribune sports department (2011-16). He also co-hosted a Cubs postgame show, Outside the Ivy, in 2019.

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