CBS continues to express interest in Tony Romo as an analyst alongside Jim Nantz, but while Romo contemplates retirement and a future in the broadcast booth, another recently retired superstar is leaving CBS’ NFL studio show. Richard Deitsch of Sports Illustrated reports that after three seasons, former Chiefs and Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez will exit the network, creating an opening on The NFL Today.
“I have had an incredible and rewarding three years at CBS and wish it could be more, but traveling to New York each week during the season is not what is best for my family at this time,” said Gonzalez in a statement. “While I hope to remain in broadcasting I will look to do so in the L.A. area. I can’t thank CBS enough for their support.”
Gonzalez joined CBS in February 2014 after the network made wholesale changes to their NFL studio programming. Dan Marino and Shannon Sharpe were not retained, and in stepped Bart Scott and Gonzalez. With Gonzalez now out, the big question is, who fill the void?
If Romo were to join CBS, the network would have the option to move Phil Simms to the studio if it wished to do so. But there’s also the possibility of Simms calling games with a different unit. If that were to be the case, then a new voice would be needed on the program or the show would have to operate with one less member.
Deitsch listed former Oakland Raiders CEO Amy Trask as an internal candidate deserving of consideration. Other options inside CBS include Brandon Tierney and London Fletcher who work on That Other Pre-Game Show. Tierney will be featured in afternoons with Tiki Barber on the CBS Sports Network starting April 17th, and was previously a candidate for the First Take vacancy.
With Gonzalez’s chair now available, look for additional names to surface as replacements in the near future.