Arians, who is known for his honest and emotional personality, announced his retirement as the Cardinals coach after the 2017 season. The 65-year-old entered the coaching profession in 1975 as a Virginia Tech assistant and worked with quarterbacks Peyton Manning and Ben Roethlisberger, among others, before being named coach of the Cardinals in 2013.
"I always hoped that broadcasting would be an option after I retired from coaching as a way to stay involved with this great game," Arians said. "I am thrilled to have that opportunity with such a class organization as CBS Sports. As I begin my new career in the broadcast booth, I am excited to join Greg, Trent and Jamie (Erdahl, sideline reporter) and look forward to learning from them, as well as sharing my passion and knowledge for the game with the fans."
CBS Sports chairman Sean McManus was quick to welcome Arians into the fold.
"Combining his contemporary football insight, having just stepped off the sidelines, along with his personality and unique manner in which he delivers his analysis, we are confident Bruce will develop into an insightful, entertaining and informative analyst alongside Greg and Trent," McManus said in a statement.
Arians, who announced his retirement on New Year's Day, told AZCentral.com in January that he already had interviews with both FOX Sports and the NFL Network. He said he was scheduled to meet with CBS Sports in February.
A two-time NFL Coach of the Year, Arians said his interest in working in television dates to calling the first Pennsylvania high school football championships in 1988 with former Philadelphia sportscaster Al Meltzer.
Arians finished his fifth and final season in Arizona with an 8-8 mark. He retired with a 49-30-1 mark with Arizona and also posted a 9-3 record as an interim head coach for the Indianapolis Colts in 2012 while Chuck Pagano was undergoing treatment for cancer.
He also has two Super Bowl rings during his eight seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers as wide receivers coach and offensive coordinator.