CBS has been making some big moves in the NFL off season. For one thing they will be broadcasting half of the Thursday Night Football games, all of which will be called by CBS commentators Phil Simms and Jim Nantz. Another major change is to their Sunday NFL pregame show "The NFL Today." Tony Gonzalez who just completed his 17th and final NFL season has been hired by CBS as an analyst for "The NFL Today." The confirmation came yesterday that former NFL quarterback Dan Marino and tight end Shannon Sharpe would no longer be a part of the CBS pregame show and the future hall of famer Gonzalez would take their place.

Some speculation exists that Dan Marino may return to the Miami Dolphins in some capacity. It is believed that Sharpe will be picked up by another network. Both Sharpe and Marino have been with the network for a long time, Marino since 2002 and Sharpe since 2004. CBS Sports chairman Sean McManus said, According to a Yahoo! Sports report,

Having just stepped off the playing field, Tony brings a fresh and insightful perspective,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.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,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.

We'll have to see what other changes CBS has in store for NFL fans this off season.


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