Multiple networks chase Drew Brees, even though he’s still playing

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The network wars are taking more and more aggressive steps to recruit soldiers.

Andrew Marchand of the New York Post reports that three networks are chasing Saints quarterback Drew Brees, even though he will be playing at least one more season.

ESPN, FOX, and NBC all want Brees, Marchand writes. Brees reportedly has told network executives that he wants to work games.

Marchand pegs the magnitude of a Brees offer at $6.5 million annually, far less than the Tony Romo package of $18 million per year. But Romo started with a three-year, $10 million deal; Brees apparently would be on a similar path, where he’d establish himself and then cash in.

That rule, of course, doesn’t apply to Peyton Manning, who remains in position to get top dollar whenever he chooses to enter a booth — if he ever chooses to enter a broadcast booth.

Several years ago, Brees told PFT Live that he envisions a post-football life that has him trying multiple different things. Broadcasting makes the most sense as a starting point.

Frankly, Brees seems to be destined to eventually find his way into public service, a fancy, aspirational term for partisan politics.

6 responses to “Multiple networks chase Drew Brees, even though he’s still playing

  1. Would likely be successful – he is obviously knowledgeable, seems well spoken and self-assured. I’m guessing any voice characteristic flaws are technically corrected.

  2. I have nothing against Drew Brees professionally or personally, and I am certainly not opposed to an individual making as much money as he or she can, but you would think that there just has to come a time when you wonder, geez, when is enough enough?

  3. I don’t know what it is, but I can’t stand the sight of him. I really don’t know what it is. He seems like a decent enough guy…on the surface. But something tells me this guy is not what he seems. I don’t think I’d enjoy him on TV, but I’ve been wrong before.

  4. You ever consider the idea that calling ball games is a way for him to stay close to the sport he loves? It may be more about hanging on to football than it is about making more money.

    The money is very nice obviously. Anybody on this planet who is a football fan and had an offer to be a color analyst for any amount of money would say YES so fast your head would spin. I’d PAY to have a job like that.

    I think for him it’s as much about the money as it is about staying around the game of football. Commentating is a lot easier and less stressful than coaching. You don’t lose your commentating job based on the outcome of games.

    Additionally you can never have TOO big of a nest egg. Think about all the guys that played back in the 70’s and 80’s and signed “Huge” contracts and made tons of money. How many of them are still wealthy now and doing well financially? I’ll take a guess and say less than 10%.

    The top dollar contract in the mid 80’s is peanuts compared to what players get today. Obviously the money today’s players get, especially QB’s is enough to last several life times.

    He’s already proven money isn’t his only motive by taking less to stay in New Orleans the last several years. I think broadcasting is a natural transition away from being a QB for 20 years.

    I don’t think Brees will ever enter public service as the entire state of LA is absolutely in love with him and if he ran for office he’s have to choose a side. Just doing that will lose him roughly half of his fans. I don’t see him retiring as a Saint just so he can screw up all the good will he’s built up with the people of Louisiana. I think he likes the unique relationship he has with the people and going into public service will only ruin that.

    You can’t even really call it public service anymore. Almost everyone that gets involved in politics does it for one reason, to make money. Just look at any successful politician and look at where they started and where they are now. Bottom line is they all have done very well for themselves financially. There are a handful that really do care, but that tends to fly out of the window as they gain more wealth and power. It takes more donations to get elected or re-elected and those donations mean you own somebody a favor.

    So, just a hunch, but I don’t think he’s going that route. I think he intends to diversify his money by owning small businesses and investing and of course continuing to make similar money to what he made while playing just to call 17-20 games a year.

    I know people are envious, but would you really not take advantage of those opportunities if you were afforded them?

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