On Friday, it was reported by Andrew Marchand of the New York Post that Drew Brees turned down the ‘Monday Night Football’ job with ESPN and decided he would take his talents to NBA when he retires from the New Orleans Saints.
The 41-year-old gunslinger signed a 2-year deal with the Saints this offseason, this after he threw for 2,979 yards and 27 touchdowns during the 2019 season. Nonetheless, broadcasting networks wanted to get an early jump on the bidding war for him.
Marchand also added that Brees had interest in joining ESPN, but when he came back to them with a different offer than they presented, the worldwide leader in sports wasn’t willing to make that big of a commitment.
Via the New York Post:
“In the end, ESPN declined a financial offer from Brees that could have landed him on “Monday Night Football,” according to sources. ESPN felt it was too steep a price and would rather go forward with a more immediate plan.”
This has left people wondering where ESPN will go from here as they never had a chance to offer Tony Rom a deal, Peyton Manning has turned them down yet again, and now Brees is headed elsewhere.
According to Marchand — ESPN will consider in-house options like Dan Orlovsky, Louis Riddick and Brian Griese.