Drew Brees Leaves NBC After Just One Year as an NFL Analyst

Saints QB Drew Brees in 2017
Saints QB Drew Brees in 2017. Photo by Brad Smith/ISI/REX/Shutterstock

Drew Brees won’t continue in his role as an NFL analyst for NBC Sports. The news was confirmed by the network’s chairman Pete Bevacqua on Wednesday.

Brees retired from professional football after the 2020 season and jumped right into the broadcasting booth. He did work as a studio and game analyst, being a presence during NBC’s NFL programs and coverage of Notre Dame games.

However, Brees struggled with the transition, and the two sides decided it was better for everyone to end their partnership. Bevacqua also hinted that the future Hall of Famer wants to spend more time with his family.

“It was a new role, and everyone has a learning curve. I think he did an unbelievable job with Notre Dame and improved every week,” Bevacqua added. “He was always unbelievably prepared, curious about how things were handled and the work that went into it.”

Brees will remain under contract with NBC, but the network won’t stop him if he decides to pursue other opportunities. However, that seems unlikely at the moment, and the former New Orleans Saints star will probably take some time to figure out his next move.

Brees already addressed his future in a tweet sent out last month when the reports about his NBC exit first surfaced. One of the options he mentioned was playing football again, but that was interpreted more as sarcasm than as a real possibility.