Saints HC Allen: Brees tweet likely ‘made in jest’

New Orleans Saints coach Dennis Allen says a cryptic tweet by Drew Brees, who hinted at a possible return to football, was likely “made in jest.”

Brees created a social media stir Sunday night when, as part of a tweet to address “speculation” about his future, he said he “may play football again.”

Brees, 43, retired from football in March 2021 and spent last season as an NFL analyst for NBC. The 13-time Pro Bowl quarterback tweeted Sunday in apparent response to the New York Post, which reported that Brees will not return to NBC for the 2022 season.

Allen, speaking Monday at the Saints’ Hall of Fame golf tournament, said there have been no discussions about a Brees comeback in New Orleans.

“I think it was a comment made in jest, and we certainly haven’t had any conversations in that regard,” Allen said.

Brees is second in NFL history in career passing yards (80,358) and touchdown passes (571), trailing only Tom Brady in both categories.

Amid Brady’s comeback from a brief retirement this offseason, Allen was asked whether he still thinks Brees can perform at a high level in the NFL.

“I don’t really want to live in those hypothetical worlds right now,” Allen said. “We’ll see where it all goes, but he caused a lot of interest, that’s for sure.”

The Saints went 9-8 but missed the playoffs last season due in part to injuries and inconsistency at quarterback.

Jameis Winston is expected to be New Orleans’ starting quarterback in 2022, with veteran Andy Dalton serving as the backup.

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