Tony Gonzalez replacing Dan Marino and Shannon Sharpe on 'The NFL Today' on CBS

Rumors about Gonzalez changing his mind about retirement appear to be unfounded.
Posted By Evan Bleier  |  Feb. 18, 2014 at 1:42 PM
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NEW YORK, Feb. 18 (UPI) -- CBS announced that the network will be sacking Dan Marino and Shannon Sharpe from The NFL Today and that they will be replaced by the recently-retired tight end Tony Gonzalez.

Gonzalez will join James Brown, Bill Cowher and Boomer Esiason on the Sunday show.

“Having just stepped off the playing field, Tony brings a fresh and insightful perspective,” CBS Sports Chairman Sean McManus said in a statement. “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.”

Gonzalez played in the NFL for 16 seasons after being drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs in 1997. He spent that last five years with the Atlanta Falcons and was chosen for 14 Pro Bowls. He leads all NFL tight ends in touchdowns and receiving yards.

“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 continued. “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.”

It appears that the cast shakeup was not a mutual decision between CBS and Marino.

[Pro Football Talk]

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