Nov 25, 2021; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; Former New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees is honored at halftime of the game between the New Orleans Saints and the Buffalo Bills at the Caesars Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

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Report: Saints attempted to coax Drew Brees out of retirement

The New Orleans Saints reportedly reached out to Drew Brees earlier this week in a bid to gauge his interest about returning to the field.

The Saints, after all, have seen their quarterback carousel turn from Jameis Winston (torn ACL) to Trevor Siemian to Taysom Hill of late. With the latter two on the reserve/COVID-19 list, the Saints (7-7) appear ready to put fourth-round rookie Ian Book under center for Monday’s game against the visiting Miami Dolphins (7-7).

The Saints recently signed veteran Blake Bortles to back up Book, but he didn’t appear to be the first choice.

The Times-Picayune reported Saints coach Sean Payton lobbied Brees to come out of retirement for just Monday’s game. Brees, who was on vacation in Hawaii with his family, reportedly “gave the idea some serious thought” before opting against resuming his playing career.

From the looks of Brees’ social media accounts, perhaps that thought came on the golf course.

Brees, 42, said he “wasn’t 100% confident he would be able to make the throws necessary to successfully lead the offense,” per NOLA.com.

A 13-time Pro Bowl selection, Brees currently is an NFL analyst on “Football Night in America.”

Brees led New Orleans to its lone Super Bowl championship following the 2009 season. He also became revered in the city for his leadership after Hurricane Katrina ravaged New Orleans in 2005.

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