Former Giants coordinator Jason Garrett’s TV future could be tied to Saints legend Drew Brees

It could go ahead and go up for Jason Garrett.

Last month, NBC hired the former New York Giants offensive coordinator as an analyst for the network’s USFL coverage.

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But Garrett, 56, who was let go by the Giants in November after less than two seasons at East Rutherford, could be up for promotion.

The New York Post’s Andrew Marchand speculated that the former Dallas Cowboys head coach could be “in the mix for NBC if (Drew) Brees isn’t on the network’s NFL or Notre Dame coverage.”

Brees’ spot could open up at NBC because FOX Sports could hire him to replace former Cowboys quarterback Troy Aikman in the broadcast booth. Aikman and Joe Buck left FOX for ESPN, where they will call Monday Night Football.

FOX has already named Kevin Burkhardt to replace Buck as the network’s No. 1 NFL play-by-play announcer. Brees and NJ native Greg Olsen are under consideration to replace Aikman.

Here’s Brees’ biography from NBC Sports:

Drew Brees made his Super Bowl broadcast debut when he served as an analyst for NBC’s Super Bowl LVI Pregame Show on February 13, 2022.

Brees, who amassed an unprecedented collection of records, milestones and accolades during a 20-year NFL career as a quarterback with the New Orleans Saints and San Diego Chargers, has joined NBC Sports in March 2021 and serves as a studio analyst for Football Night in America and a game analyst for Notre Dame Football.

He led the Saints to victory in Super Bowl XLIV and was named the game’s MVP. During his career, Brees was selected for 13 Pro Bowls, won two Offensive Player of the Year awards, is the NFL’s all-time leader with 80,358 career passing yards, ranks second all-time with 571 career passing touchdowns and broke the league record with one touchdown pass in 54 straight games.

In 2003, Brees and his wife, Brittany, established the Brees Dream Foundation, which has contributed more than $45 million to help improve the quality of life for cancer patients and to provide care, education and opportunity. to children and families in need. In 2006, Brees won the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award, one of the league’s highest honors that recognizes a player for excellence on and off the field.

Prior to his NFL career, Brees played quarterback at Purdue University. He was a two-time Heisman Trophy finalist, won the Maxwell Award as the nation’s top college player in 2000, and led the Boilermakers to a Big Ten championship and a Rose Bowl appearance in the same season.

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Mike Rosenstein can be reached at mrosenstein@njadvancemedia.com.