CBS will welcome a future Hall of Famer while letting two associated with its NFL pre-game show go.
The broadcast company announced that tight end Tony Gonzalez will become a part of the NFL Today team this coming fall. CBS also stated that Dan Marino and Shannon Sharpe would not be back in 2014.
“Having just stepped off the playing field, Tony brings a fresh and insightful perspective,” said CBS Sports chairman Sean McManus. “As a future Hall of Famer, we are excited for him to share his knowledge, experiences and opinions with our viewers. Tony was one of the most respected and hardworking players in the NFL and a tremendous teammate. We look forward to him bringing these attributes to CBS Sports.”
McManus applauded Marino and Sharpe for their time with the company.
“While we welcome Tony, we want to acknowledge Dan Marino and Shannon Sharpe who have contributed greatly to the success of THE NFL TODAY for more than a decade,” McManus said. “Dan and Shannon are true Hall of Famers on the field and in front of the camera. As they pursue other professional opportunities, we thank them for their hard work and dedication and wish them nothing but the best.”
Some speculation for the move is due to CBS falling further behind in the ratings race to FOX's pre-game show.
Sharpe already addressed his dismissal on his personal twitter account.
“I will not be a part of the Nfl today on CBS this fall,” he wrote. “Although sadden and disappointed, I'm grateful of 10 yrs I was.”
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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun.