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Drew Brees apparently won’t be coming out of retirement during the 2021 season

Contrary to previous beliefs, Saints GM Mickey Loomis says the Saints stopped courting Tom Brady after Drew Brees committed to returning for the 2020 NFL season.

More than a decade ago, Brett Favre proved that franchise quarterbacks can retire and unretire and re-retire and re-unretire. Drew Brees apparently won’t be following that path.

Asked by Mike Tirico, who handled the final Football Morning in America of Peter King’s annual break, whether Brees would return if a team needs an in-season injury replacement, Brees made it clear that he currently wouldn’t be ready to go.

I better get my butt going if that’s the case,” Brees told Tirico. “There is a saying that if you don’t use it, you lose it. That’s the truth, my arm is killing me because I haven’t been training to throw. I actually feel worse now than at any other point in my career. I may have one throw, one series, one drive.”

That doesn’t mean Brees can’t re-use it and, in turn, un-lose it. But that’s unlikely. As football season approaches, Brees will be getting pretty busy, given his new NBC gig.

So don’t expect to Brees make an in-season decision to grab his helmet and return to the game. Unless he decides in the near future to try to get his arm back in football shape.