Drew Brees’ time with NBC is done after just one year.
The future Hall of Fame quarterback is leaving the network in what appears to be a mutual decision due to his preference to call games instead of studio work in NBC’s “Football Night in America” show, according to Andrew Marchand of the New York Post.
Brees, 43, had inked a broadcast deal with NBC prior to his retirement and the network believed he could become the heir apparent to Cris Collinsworth in the booth.
Yet, Collinsworth is still in the booth alongside new play-by-play partner Mike Tirico, who called Notre Dame games with Brees on Saturdays before hosting “Football Night in America” on Sundays.
Marchand noted that Brees could still end up in the booth next season as Tom Brady will not start his gig with FOX until he finishes playing, although FOX and Greg Olsen are already in discussions about the No. 1 analyst spot and are preparing to place him alongside Kevin Burkhardt in the booth.
Brees could get the No. 2 spot still, which remains vacant, but it would not pay as well as the lead analyst.
Per Marchand, Amazon also remains an option — for their No. 2 team with Joe Davis or Adam Amin — as the streaming service will carry playoff games.