Bears receiver Brandon Marshall won’t wait until retiring to take a broadcasting job.
Marshall has joined the cast of Inside the NFL for the 2014 season. He’ll join fellow newcomer Ed Reed as a commentator on the show, along with holdovers Boomer Esiason and Phil Simms, and new host Greg Gumbel.
The show tapes on Tuesdays, when NFL teams are usually off, so Marshall will be free to join the show for its usual blend of panel discussions on the news of the day in the league, along with interviews and NFL Films highlights.
The longest-running series on cable television, Inside the NFL started on HBO in 1977 and moved to Showtime in 2009. This year the show will premiere on Showtime on Tuesday nights and re-air on NFL Network on Wednesday nights, the latest bit of cooperation between NFL Network and CBS Corporation, which owns Showtime. CBS has taken over production of Thursday Night Football this season and will simulcast Thursday Night Football with NFL Network for the first half of the season.