April 14, 2020
Drew Brees has signed a deal with NBC Sports that will make him a fixture on the networks’ NFL telecasts when he retires. He could be a potential replacement for Cris Collinsworth on “Sunday Night Football.”
When Brees retires, he will likely step right into the broadcast booth for NBC. That will begin as a game analyst on Notre Dame football and as a studio analyst for “Football Night in America.”
Al Micheals, Collinsworth’s SNF partner, is expected to step away from the booth following the 2022 Super Bowl. Mike Tirico is his likely replacement.
ESPN also pursued Tony Romo and Peyton Manning as part of its search to replace Joe Tessitore and Booger McFarland on “Monday Night Football.”
ESPN had also reportedly tried to engage NBC in a trade for Michaels, which NBC declined. Last week, CBS made a move to bring on Fox broadcast Charles Davis as its new number two NFL analyst, likely to team up with Ian Eagle. Davis would be replacing Dan Fouts.
Brees passed up an offer from ESPN that was the highest bid. In March, Brees signed a two-year, $50 million contract extension with the New Orleans Saints.