ESPN Reportedly Declined A 'Steep' Offer From Drew Brees

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Sports New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees reportedly will join NBC Sports when he retires. Whether he will play both years or retire after the 2020 season is unclear. He is slated to eventually replace Cris Collinsworth as the "Sunday Night Football" analyst.

This is another big hit for ESPN, which is attempting to move on from its current duo of Joe Tessitore and Booger McFarland and refine its National Football League broadcast team prior to upcoming broadcast rights negotiations with the NFL.

At the end of March, it was reported that Drew Brees had a massive offer on the table from ESPN to join the "Monday Night Football" crew after he chose to retire.

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That's a blow to ESPN, which has failed to land Romo, Peyton Manning and now Brees in attempt to change out a "Monday Night Football" booth that has struggled since Jon Gruden returned to coaching. Marchand said Dan Orlovsky, Louis Riddick, Brian Griese, Kurt Warner and Nate Burleson are possibilities to replace McFarland.

ESPN's offer was believed to be $6 million per year and the highest while NBC's offer was competitive. In fact, Brees turned down a contract with ESPN which would have made him an analyst during Monday Night Football.

Brees is the NFL's all-time leader in passing yards and touchdown passes. The report also notes the possibility of NBC adding another National Football League game package in upcoming negotiations, which would allow both Brees and Collinsworth to work as "No. 1" broadcast analysts. After the 2022 Super Bowl, the plan is to have Mike Tirico take over full-time for Michaels in the play-by-play role, with Collinsworth's role now a bit in doubt that Brees has signed on.

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