<pre><pre>Where Drew Brees fits NFL's complicated broadcast shuffle

Adam Schefter of ESPN recently had a strange story about Drew Brees and said that a "non-ESPN network" has referred to Brees as a game analyst.

When Schefter discovered that the call was not ESPN, he did not disclose the network over which the call was made.

There are only three other main options. CBS, Fox and NBC are the only ones to broadcast NFL games. NFL Network does this too, but mostly uses Fox's announcers.

According to sources, CBS has recently checked in at Brees, Fox and NBC have not. However, it doesn't matter.

The bottom line is that all networks, including ESPN, would be interested in him if Brees decided to retire. NBC makes the least sense as it has only one game and there are no signs that it is not happy with Cris Collinsworth.

Fox has Thursdays and Sundays, so there is an opportunity to relieve Troy Aikman's load as number 1. ESPN could make a change with Booger McFarland, while CBS, as you may have heard, has a free agent in Tony Romo.

Romo is likely where the first business in the NFL TV offseason will begin, although it could take a while.

ESPN will do everything for him, while CBS is said to compete at a high financial level with home networking advantage, according to sources.

More than a week ago, The Post reported that Romo money could go crazy and go over $ 10 million a season and it could potentially last six years. CBS has the right to match any deal offered by ESPN.

When Brees retires, he could be a Plan B for ESPN or CBS. On the same day as Schefter's Brees report, Saints coach Sean Payton said on ESPN that he expects Brees to play next year. I have it.