No, Tony Gonzalez isn’t leaving CBS and “The NFL Today” studio show to open up a spot for Tony Romo.
Gonzalez just didn’t want to keep traveling to New York to do the show. Gonzalez, who finished his playing career with just about every NFL record for a tight end, is leaving the show after three seasons according to Sports Illustrated’s Richard Deitsch.
“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 from CBS Sports, via Deitsch.
Romo, the quarterback still under contract with the Dallas Cowboys has gotten interest from CBS and Fox but it’s “highly unlikely” he’d prefer a studio job over calling games, Deitsch said.
Gonzalez seemed like a natural fit for the job after retirement. He was a football legend, photogenic and a media favorite when he played. Gonzalez said in the statement he hopes to continue in broadcasting, hopefully in the Los Angeles area.
Whether Romo continues to play or comes to CBS, the network will have at least a little bit of juggling to do in its NFL coverage this offseason. They’ll have plenty of interesting candidates for Gonzalez’s old spot.
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