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NFL roundup: CBS replaces Sharpe, Marino with Gonzalez

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Recently retired tight end Tony Gonzalez will join "The NFL Today" pregame show beginning in 2014, and CBS also announced it has parted ways with Dan Marino and Shannon Sharpe.

The new cast of the show will be James Brown, Bill Cowher, Boomer Esiason and Gonzalez.

"Having just stepped off the playing field, Tony brings a fresh and insightful perspective," CBS Sports chairman Sean McManus said in a statement Tuesday.

Gonzalez left the NFL as the career leader in touchdowns (111) and yards (15,127) by a tight end. Gonzalez also holds the NFL's record for consecutive starts (120) and Pro Bowl appearances (14) by a tight end, and is second overall among all players in receptions with 1,325.

---St. Louis Rams coach Jeff Fisher said Tuesday that Sam Bradford, who is recovering from last year's torn ACL, will be the starting quarterback even with a scheduled $17.6 million salary cap figure in 2014.

Fisher didn't rule out a new contract for Bradford, who is heading into the fifth year of a sixth-year contract. There has been speculation that the Rams, who hold two first-round picks in May's draft, could either cut Bradford or redo his contract.

Bradford was off to the best start of his career last season before suffering a torn ACL against the Carolina Panthers on Oct. 20. He completed more than 60 percent of his passes with 14 touchdowns and four interceptions in seven games.

---Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Roddy White was arrested Tuesday morning for failure to appear in a Georgia court.

According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, White had been previously cited by the Gwinnett County Sheriff's Department for "non-transparent material on windows" and had an outstanding warrant for not appearing on that charge.

The report says White, whose full name is Sharod Lamar White, was booked into the Gwinnett County Jail just before 4:30 a.m. He was released about 90 minutes later on $168 bond, according to jail records.

---Wide receiver Eric Decker said he would entertain discussions of a return with the Denver Broncos, but more than likely he will test the free agent market by doing what is best for his family.

Decker hinted he may be willing to take less money for the right situation. He could receive one of the more lucrative contracts once the new league year begins next month. Decker, who turns 27 in March, set career highs with 87 catches for 1,288 yards in 2013. He also had 11 touchdown receptions.

---Washington Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall agreed on a new four-year contract, multiple media outlets reported Tuesday.

According to NFL.com, the contract is worth about $5 million per season.

Hall, 30, led the Redskins with four interceptions and three defensive touchdowns in 2013. Before the 2013 season, the Redskins released Hall in order to save the $8 million salary cap hit and then re-signed him on a one-year, $1.25 million contract.

---The Atlanta Falcons on Tuesday named Scott Jenkins to the newly created position of general manager of the new Atlanta stadium scheduled to open in 2017.

The new stadium will be operated by a division of AMB Sports & Entertainment Group. Jenkins will join the group on Feb. 24 and will provide insight into the planning and construction of the new multi-purpose facility leading up to its opening, after which he will manage the operations of the stadium.

Jenkins comes to the Falcons from the Seattle Mariners, where he spent the past 7 1/2 years as vice president of ballpark operations.

---The Seattle Seahawks signed wide receiver Chris Matthews to a 2014 future contract.

Matthews was signed and released before the 2011 season by the Cleveland Browns and spent the past two seasons in the Canadian Football League with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, catching 95 passes for 1,330 yards and eight touchdowns.

---The Indianapolis Colts made two roster moves on Tuesday, releasing running back Tashard Choice and waiving defensive end Jake McDonough.

Choice, 29, rushed for a combined 170 yards on 46 carries last season in 12 games with the Buffalo Bills and three games with Indianapolis after the Colts signed him on Dec. 9. In six NFL seasons, Choice has 1,579 rushing yards on 372 carries and 10 touchdowns.

McDonough, 24, signed a reserve/future contract in January after a short stint on the Colts' practice squad.

---Former Central Florida quarterback Blake Bortles announced Tuesday on Twitter that he will throw for scouts at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis.

"Dreamt about the combine since I was a kid! Fired up to compete in all aspects of it, especially throwing!" Bortles tweeted Tuesday afternoon.

Bortles is one of the top three quarterbacks in the 2014 NFL Draft. Manziel and former Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater are the other two.

---A day after signing free-agent offensive lineman Gabe Carimi, the Atlanta Falcons released offensive lineman Garrett Reynolds.

Reynolds, who signed a two-year, $2.587 million contract in 2013, started a career-high 10 games for the Falcons last season and played in 15 games. The move will open up more than $1.3 million in cap space for the Falcons next season.
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