Drew Brees did not officially announce his intention on retiring from the NFL offseason after the New Orleans Saints' loss in the NFC Divisional Round.
"I'm gonna give myself an opportunity to think about the season, think about a lot of things, just like I did last year, and make a decision," Brees said when asked directly if he just played his final game.
Jay Glazer reported before the game that Brees intends to retire.
Brees said he had no regrets about coming back this season after he nearly retired following the 2019 campaign.
"I would never regret it. Never," said Brees, who missed four games in November and December because of a punctured lung and 11 broken ribs but still helped the Saints earn the No. 2 seed in the NFC with a 12-4 record before their disappointing finish.
"No complaints. No regrets. Man, I've always tried to play this game with a great respect and a great reverence for it. And I appreciate all that this game has given to me," said Brees, who led the Saints to their only Super Bowl win in franchise history in 2009 and holds the NFL record for career passing yards. "There are obviously so many incredible memories, so many incredible relationships that have come as a result of playing this game. And, man, you find out so much about yourself and you have to fight through so much when you play this game.
"And I'd say this season, I probably had to fight through more than I've ever had to in any other season in my career -- from injury to all the COVID stuff to just crazy circumstances. And it was worth every moment of it. Absolutely."