Drew Brees Chooses NBC, Dealing ESPN a Massive Primetime Blow

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"Like all National Football League fans, we look forward to watching Drew continue his Hall of Fame career this fall, and we are confident his post-playing career will be just as successful", NBC Sports spokesman Greg Hughes told the New York Post.

Brees recently signed a two-year, $50 million contract with the Saints after pondering retirement.

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Drew Brees is headed to the booth. The report also notes the possibility of NBC adding another National Football League game package in upcoming negotiations, which would allow both Brees and Collinsworth to work as "No. 1" broadcast analysts.

That's because networks have been lining up to secure quarterback for a broadcast role, looking to make Brees the next high-profile hire and someone to hopefully compete with CBS' Tony Romo. Reportedly he will first serve as a game analyst on Notre Dame football and a studio analyst for Football Night in America to earn his bona fides. Marchand wrote that when Tirico leaves "Football Night in America" do to full-time play-by-play duties, Collinsworth could want to work on that set with his son Jac, who is now at NBC. In its recruitment of Brees, NBC sold him on it being the best place to succeed. ESPN reportedly pays more than $1 billion per year for the right to broadcast "Monday Night Football" games, for which the quality in scheduling has slipped, without being part of the Super Bowl broadcast rotation. At this point, the network seems determined to replace Joe Tessitore and Booger McFarland.

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According to Marchand - ESPN will consider in-house options like Dan Orlovsky, Louis Riddick and Brian Griese.

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