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Drew Brees rules out return to the New Orleans Saints

Vincent Frank
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Aug 17, 2018; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) poses with his wife Brittany Brees and sons Callen Brees and Bowen Brees and Baylen Brees and daughter Rylen Brees prior to a preseason game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Former New Orleans Saints star quarterback Drew Brees was in studio for NBC’s broadcast of Sunday night’s Dallas Cowboys and Minnesota Vikings game in Minneapolis.

Having just recently retired following the 2020 season, Brees’ appearance on the national broadcast came mere hours after current Saints quarterback Jameis Winston suffered what’s feared to be a torn ACL in an otherwise huge win over the defending champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Mike Tirico of NBC Sports posed Brees with the question everyone has been asking. Is he willing to give up his cushy new gig to return to the Saints? As expected, the future Hall of Fame quarterback shot down that suggestion.

Drew Brees not interested in return

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Jan 17, 2021; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) blows a kiss to his family as he walks to the tunnel following a 30-20 loss against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in a NFC Divisional Round playoff game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

“I’ll be there Saturday to call the Notre Dame-Navy game, and I’ll be here Sunday,” Drew Brees said in a joking manner after checking his phone.

That’s Brees’ way of saying he’s not going to give up his new job to return to the gridiron world at the age of 42. And in reality, it makes perfect sense for the 13-time Pro Bowler to sit this one out. He struggled big time in his final season with the Saints, putting up his worst numbers since he was a member of the then-San Diego Chargers all the way back in 2005.

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As for the Saints, there’s no telling where the team goes from here. They sit at 5-2 on the campaign but are not in a great position under center. Taysom Hill is slated to return from a concussion. Outside of that, it’s veteran journeyman Trevor Siemian and rookie mid-round pick Ian Book.

There’s an off-chance that New Orleans could look to pull off a deal before Tuesday’s NFL trade deadline. However, there’s no reason to expect a panic move from the organization.