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Tony Gonzalez leaving CBS after three years

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If CBS wants to add Peyton Manning to the pregame studio show, it currently has a spot for him.

Via Richard Deitsch of, tight end Tony Gonzalez has left CBS after three years as a member of 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,” Gonzalez said in a statement provided by CBS to Deitsch. “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.”

If Gonzalez wants to remain in broadcasting in L.A., NFL Network makes plenty of sense — especially in light of the league-owned outlet’s affinity for gold jackets. Gonzalez will have one in two years.

And with Hall of Fame receiver Michael Irvin currently facing accusations that could (should) spark an internal investigation under the Personal Conduct Policy, a seat on the set of NFLN’s Sunday pregame show could be coming open, in time.

FOX also could make sense, if/when Michael Strahan ever decides to stop flying from New York to L.A. and back again for 17 weekends now that he’s a full-fledged member of Good Morning America.

At CBS, the question becomes who will replace Gonzalez. Maybe the real question should be whether to replace Gonzalez at all. With only an hour to review the Sunday slate of games and with ratings for the Sunday morning/afternoon pregame shows at all of the networks consistently shrinking, the right approach could be to stick with Boomer Esiason, Bill Cowher, and Bart Scott as the analysts with James Brown as the host.

Gonzalez may not be the only departure from CBS. Rumors swirled a year ago that the network’s intense pursuit of Manning caused resulted in potential changes to be tabled for a year.

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44 Responses to “Tony Gonzalez leaving CBS after three years”
  1. Della Street says: Mar 31, 2017 2:58 PM

    Don’t replace Gonzalez…and get rid of Bart Scott while they’re at it.

  2. pftthoughtpolicemostwanted says: Mar 31, 2017 3:03 PM

    I never understood the need to have more than two or three guys giving captain obvious opinions on football.

  3. truninerfan49 says: Mar 31, 2017 3:04 PM

    The whole CBS pre game show is trash

  4. niners816 says: Mar 31, 2017 3:09 PM

    I couldn’t imagine sitting by Bill Cowher for an hour. You’d new a visor to cover your face from all his spit. He looks like one of those ppl who would have horrible breath all day long. That, and the fact when they do the halftime highlights, he almost never gets the right name of the team he’s supposed to be talking about. Almost as bad as Bradshaw.

  5. factschecker says: Mar 31, 2017 3:13 PM

    Gonzo to NFL Network (Studio: Culver City CA) would be a welcomed upgrade. He doesn’t try to be outlandish for the sake of self attention. He’s one of the few great former players that does seem to care about his craft as an in studio host.

  6. realfootballfan says: Mar 31, 2017 3:14 PM

    I’d opt to stay at home with Lauren Sanchez too. Sexy lady.

  7. oscarxray says: Mar 31, 2017 3:15 PM

    I’d like to see him replace Willie McGinnest, who can’t talk worth a lick, at NFL Network.McGinnest could then become the permanent Lombardi Trophy Ambassador carrying it through gauntlets of players and fans throughout the world.

  8. PFT loves the Steelers says: Mar 31, 2017 3:15 PM

    Never should’ve replaced Shannon. Gonzalez was a snoozefest, and Peyton and his aww shucks routine would be boring as well.

  9. trubroncfan07 says: Mar 31, 2017 3:16 PM

    They should have never gotten rid Shannon Sharpe, how Bart Scott keeps his job is beyond me.

  10. mongolchuck says: Mar 31, 2017 3:22 PM

    Bart Scott is awful. He can’t put together a full sentence let alone a full highlight. He should have been gone long ago.

  11. orangeraider says: Mar 31, 2017 3:26 PM

    Hope they get rid of Irvin.
    Cut from the same cloth as Sapp.
    Just low class trash.

  12. valentino8100 says: Mar 31, 2017 3:29 PM

    They should entice Gonzalez to stay by doubling his salary after firing Bart Scott.

  13. patsfan4lifesbchamps says: Mar 31, 2017 3:42 PM

    Great player but I didn’t think broadcasting was a fit. He should go into business and perhaps later front office gig for a team.

  14. nookers says: Mar 31, 2017 3:43 PM

    CBS should only hire people that are accused or have been accused of rape. Oh wait, Nevermind

  15. feckyerlife says: Mar 31, 2017 3:45 PM

    he should take bart scott with him. they ruined the show by bringing those 2 on, they have no gel with the others

  16. chicagobtech says: Mar 31, 2017 3:48 PM

    Does this mean we won’t see Special Agent Tony Francis on NCIS anymore?

  17. scrp2 says: Mar 31, 2017 3:53 PM

    Oh snap! Tony just got Shannon Sharped! CBS karma.

  18. kcflake says: Mar 31, 2017 4:48 PM

    Tony G is The Man. I met him once, shook his hand and they were enormous. I basically could shake one of his fingers.

    He threw a football to me and my brothers once at a Chiefs game. Legend.

  19. kirkmcguirk says: Mar 31, 2017 4:56 PM

    realfootballfan says:
    Mar 31, 2017 3:14 PM

    I’d opt to stay at home with Lauren Sanchez too. Sexy lady.

    Lauren Sanchez is not his wife and they were never married. They had a child 17 years ago.

  20. QB Film Room says: Mar 31, 2017 4:58 PM

    Its Marino time again!! Marino is not the most eloquent speaker though… hence why he was fired in first place.

  21. nyctraffic says: Mar 31, 2017 5:04 PM

    Tony knows football but he lacked that special quality of memorable analysts. Not a lot of charisma on-air.

  22. bchap17 says: Mar 31, 2017 5:08 PM

    Marino and Sharpe > Gonzales and Scott

  23. babygaga19 says: Mar 31, 2017 5:29 PM

    Great football player. Horrible on tv.

  24. minerslung says: Mar 31, 2017 5:34 PM

    I think tony is better suited for radio. I think hed be a good podcast guy too.

  25. mmack66 says: Mar 31, 2017 5:41 PM

    Peyton Manning has better things to do than take a lame job being a pre-game show bozo.

    He doesn’t need the money either.

  26. clssylssy says: Mar 31, 2017 5:54 PM

    I think he did a sport (or two) on NCIS and is probably not going to LA for more sports broadcasting, although that would make a good side gig for fun.
    He’s got too much talent to spend his entire life in sports and he’s WAAAAAY to good looking with his movie start looks.
    Best tight end ever!

  27. evermoresg says: Mar 31, 2017 5:55 PM

    The big shakeup Tony, Bart, and Gasbag replaced with Peyton Manning, Jared Allen, and T freakin’ O*.

    *with Steve Smith on deck

  28. ihavepriors says: Mar 31, 2017 5:59 PM

    This guy was about exciting as eggplant for the last 3 years on tv. Thank God he is gone!

  29. ihavepriors says: Mar 31, 2017 6:03 PM

    mmack66 says:
    Mar 31, 2017 5:41 PM
    Peyton Manning has better things to do than take a lame job being a pre-game show bozo.

    He doesn’t need the money either.
    Absolutely on the money! His net worth is over $250M. His next endeavor, if he takes one, will be something that challenges him intellectually. The tv talking heads, not so much.

  30. fedora59 says: Mar 31, 2017 6:04 PM

    Maybe NBC will get rid of that guy with the wig they have on SNF. He’s absolutely horrible.

  31. dawoger says: Mar 31, 2017 6:29 PM

    How come nobody mentions Favre?

  32. QB Film Room says: Mar 31, 2017 6:46 PM

    This guy was about exciting as eggplant for the last 3 years on tv. Thank God he is gone!

    – Yeah but he was extemely smooth spoken and good looking, making up for his lack of excitement!

  33. notwhoyouthinkitis says: Mar 31, 2017 7:05 PM

    Anything but mush-mouth Manning. Ugh. The guy can’t speak clearly at all unless they are short sentences (see any of his commercials and note how short his lines are).

  34. somehomer says: Mar 31, 2017 7:18 PM

    I would hire OJ (post parole)

  35. titimium says: Mar 31, 2017 7:28 PM

    He didn’t provide anything special to the show but it was clear Tony liked Tony a lot.

  36. A happy green parrot says: Mar 31, 2017 7:55 PM

    Hes going to go do two TE sets with Gronk.

  37. jag1959 says: Mar 31, 2017 7:56 PM

    realfootballfan says:
    Mar 31, 2017 3:14 PM
    I’d opt to stay at home with Lauren Sanchez too. Sexy lady

    Patrick Whitesell, Lauren Sanchez’s husband for the past 12 years, probably wouldn’t like that any more than October Gonzalez would.

  38. kuehner131 says: Mar 31, 2017 9:36 PM

    “Their plan got debacled.”

    -Emmitt Smith

  39. Brandon in Northwest Suburbia says: Apr 1, 2017 2:42 PM

    Bart Scot is painful to watch/listen to. And Cowher is more of a presence who is best consumed in short sound bites. I can’t imagine filling an hour with him talking more.

    Tony G was ok, and nobody misses Marino, who really was a non-contributor…but they haven’t effectively replaced Shannon Sharpe yet after 3 years.

  40. the610limited says: Apr 1, 2017 9:07 PM

    No. No T ‘freakin’ O. Bernie from ”Weekend at Bernie’s” would be better. Heck, the old TV test pattern with the chief would be better, too.

  41. zinnsand21 says: Apr 3, 2017 2:14 PM

    A guy with some actual football insight is Chris Spielman. He deserves shot, IMO..

  42. kfoyo808 says: Apr 4, 2017 9:15 AM

    Bring back Jimmy the Greek, Irv, Brent and Miss America.

  43. lennydpocketqb says: Apr 4, 2017 10:44 AM

    Enter The Romo!

  44. jppt1974 says: Apr 19, 2017 5:14 PM

    Manning does not want to be into the broadcasting thing as he wants to go to the Elway route as GM.

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