Report: Drew Brees a Candidate for No. 2 NFL Analyst Role at Fox amid NBC Rumors

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured Columnist IVMay 19, 2022

KANSAS CITY, MO - JANUARY 16: NBC Sports Drew Brees reports from the sidelines before an AFC wild card playoff game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Kansas City Chiefs on Jan 16, 2022 at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, MO. (Photo by Scott Winters/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
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Former NFL quarterback and current NBC NFL analyst Drew Brees may be swapping networks. 

According to Andrew Marchand of the New York Post, "with Kevin Burkhardt and Greg Olsen being promoted, Fox now has an opening for its No. 2 team.

"Drew Brees is a candidate for that job, according to sources, as he and NBC are set to break up after one season (though Brees denied that they are officially over)."

The NFL broadcasting world has shifted dramatically this offseason:

  • Joe Buck and Troy Aikman left Fox to take over the Monday Night Football broadcast for ESPN. 
  • Burkhardt and Olsen are taking over as Fox's top team and will be at the helm at this season's Super Bowl. 
  • Tom Brady is waiting in the wings for Fox after signing a 10-year, $375 million contract with the network that will kick in once he decides to retire. He'll take over as the analyst on Fox's top broadcasting team at that point. 
  • Al Michaels left NBC to serve as the play-by-play man for Amazon's Thursday Night Football broadcasts. He'll partner with Kirk Herbstreit, who will continue doing college football for ESPN. 
  • Mike Tirico is replacing Michaels for NBC's Sunday Night Football broadcast, joining analyst Cris Collinsworth. 

Brees could be the next piece to move after just one seasons at NBC, though to this point has denied that a divorce with NBC is definite:

Drew Brees @drewbrees

Despite speculation from media about my future this fall, I’m currently undecided. 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

The former New Orleans Saints quarterback and future Hall of Famer was utilized in the network's Football Night in America but reportedly "preferred doing games," according to Marchand

Marchand added that NBC "soured on Brees' potential after originally believing he could develop into the heir apparent to Collinsworth on Sunday Night Football games."

At Fox, Brees could potentially pair with Joe Davis or Adam Amin on the No. 2 broadcasting team.