NBC reportedly eyeing Jason Garrett as Drew Brees replacement

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Could we see Jason Garrett trade in his headset for a microphone this upcoming season? That’s a likely possibility with Andrew Marchand of the New York Post reporting NBC is eyeing the former Cowboys coach as a studio analyst for Sunday Night Football, filling the void left by Drew Brees.

If hired, Garrett would also contribute to NBC’s coverage of Notre Dame football, serving as a color commentator alongside Jac Collinsworth, son of former NFL receiver and longtime Sunday Night voice Cris Collinsworth. With Mike Tirico moving into the Sunday Night booth—the result of Al Michaels leaving NBC for Thursday Night Football on Prime Video—Notre Dame will be searching for a new play-by-play announcer in 2022.

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As for Brees, whose NBC tenure lasted all of one season, the former Super Bowl MVP could be headed to Fox as their No. 2 analyst behind Greg Olsen. Of course, Olsen, who moves into the role once occupied by Troy Aikman (now of ESPN), is merely keeping the seat warm for Tom Brady, recipient of a jaw-dropping 10-year, $375-million megadeal that will soon make him the richest talent in sports media.

Per Marchand, Brees prefers color commentating to the studio work he did at NBC. If he does join Fox this fall, Brees won’t get anywhere close to Brady money—Marchand suspects his deal would be in the range of $1.5 million to $2 million.

This spring has been an audition of sorts for Garrett, who, along with Saints Pro Bowler Cameron Jordan and Michael Robinson of NFL Network, has assisted NBC in its USFL coverage throughout the past several weeks. Best known for his decade-long stint as Cowboys head coach (he also played for them as a backup quarterback from 1993-99), Garrett was fired as Giants offensive coordinator last fall after less than two years on the job.

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