While he did not totally confirm that possibility, the 43-year-old quarterback floated that idea after leaving his analyst role at NBC Sports.
It looked like Brees would stay for a while at the broadcast booth, but he opted to leave.
He did mention other options like coaching his kids, training for pickleball, or returning to NBC.
But it’s surprising that he is even considering an NFL return.
Perhaps Tom Brady‘s immortal run inspired him to ponder playing football again.
However, the current Tampa Bay Buccaneers starter is a different beast because he rarely got hurt and took care of his body.
In contrast, Brees suffered injuries during his final NFL season.
Worst yet, his performance during the Divisional Round game against Brady and the Buccaneers signified that it was time to go.
But in a macro sense, here’s one reason Brees should stay retired from professional football.
Fewest Air Yards per Attempt since start of 2020
(min. 300 attempts)
Drew Brees 6.03
Nick Mullens 6.34
Jared Goff 6.44
Big Ben 6.82
Cam Newton 6.83 pic.twitter.com/Pa9V9o7oWI
— NFL on CBS 🏈 (@NFLonCBS) May 16, 2022
The NFL on CBS Twitter account showed the quarterbacks with fewest air yards per attempt since 2020 (minimum of 300 attempts).
Sadly, Brees is worst on the list with 6.03 yards, followed by Nick Mullens at 6.34.
Cam Newton completes the list with 6.83 air yards per attempt.
Making A Return Would Be A Disaster For Brees
While Brees doesn’t have a cannon arm like a Josh Allen, he made it work during his lengthy career and even won a Super Bowl.
But returning to the gridiron should not even be an option on what he will do next.
He has done enough to lift the spirits of a city that was devastated by a natural calamity.
Brees has nothing left to prove, and playing again will tarnish his Hall of Fame-worthy legacy.
If he really wants to stay close to the game, coaching would be a realistic option.