CBS shakes up NFL pregame: Marino, Sharpe out, Tony Gonzalez in

Tony-Gonzalez-Wallpapers-picture-photos.5Future Pro Football Hall of Fame tight end Tony Gonzalez will join CBS’ “The NFL Today” show starting this fall, joining James Brown, Boomer Esiason and Bill Cowher — and without Dan Marino and Shannon Sharpe, the network announced today.

“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,” said CBS Sports chairman Sean McManus in a statement. “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.”

Industry insiders are saying CBS decided not to renew the contracts of Marino and Sharpe, instead of the two former NFL stars deciding they wanted to leave. TheBigLead.com reported that the moves were likely to happen last month.

Sharpe said on his Twitter account:” I will not be a part of the Nfl today on CBS this fall. Although sadden and disappointed, I’m grateful of 10 yrs I was.”

Marino had been with the show for 12 years.

Esiason had talked about on his sports radio show recently about an apparent feud going between Marino and Sharpe.

Gonzalez, a Huntington Beach resident, ended his NFL career after 17 seasons, the league’s all-leader in touchdowns and yards by a tight end. He will also do work with the “Inside the NFL” for Showtime as well as CBS Sports Network’s “That Other Pregame Show.”

Gonzalez has shown his media savvy in plenty of interview and TV appearances over the years. One of his latest comments about Atlanta Falcons quarter Matt Ryan.

“Having just stepped off the playing field, Tony brings a fresh and insightful perspective,” said McManus.
McManus also told the Sports Business Daily that the network will likely hire one more analyst for the NFL pregame show.
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