(CBS Sports) You can end the rumors about Tony Gonzalez coming back to the Falcons in 2014. He's got a new team in CBS Sports. The mothership announced that Gonzalez, a future first-ballot Hall of Famer, will join The NFL Today beginning in 2014.
"Having just stepped off the playing field, Tony brings a fresh and insightful perspective," CBS Sports Chairman Sean McManus said. "As a future Hall of Famer, we are excited for him to share his knowledge, experiences and opinions with our viewers. Tony was one of the most respected and hardworking players in the NFL and a tremendous teammate.
"We look forward to him bringing these attributes to CBS Sports."
Gonzalez, who will join James Brown, Boomer Esiason and Bill Cowher as the team on The NFL Today, isn't the only move on The NFL Today. Dan Marino and Shannon Sharpe are departing the Sunday pregame show.
“While we welcome Tony, we want to acknowledge Dan Marino and Shannon Sharpe who have contributed greatly to the success of The NFL Today for more than a decade," McManus said. “Dan and Shannon are true Hall of Famers on the field and in front of the camera. As they pursue other professional opportunities, we thank them for their hard work and dedication and wish them nothing but the best."
Gonzalez was widely regarded as a lock to move into a media role of some sort and CBS landed him.
The former Chiefs and Falcons tight end leaves the NFL as the league's all-time 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.