MIAMI, Fla. (PBPost) -- CBS Sports today bumped Dan Marino from "The NFL Today” pre-game show along with Shannon Sharpe as the network cleared room for the debut of newly retired tight end Tony Gonzalez.
Marino, 52, a Dolphins Hall of Fame quarterback, joined the program in 2002. His departure quickly triggered speculation via Twitter about whether he would pursue a front-office job with an NFL franchise — namely the Dolphins.
Late last season during an interview with CBS Sports, Marino said, “I always think about getting back involved in football. You see John Elway, how successful he is. It’s something you look at. Maybe I’ll consider it.”
A message seeking comment with one of Marino’s representatives was not immediately returned.
Marino served as the Dolphins’ senior vice president of football operations for three weeks in 2004 before deciding an executive role wasn’t the right fit.
Dolphins owner Stephen Ross has included Marino and former NFL coaches Don Shula and Tony Dungy on a committee that will help make code of conduct recommendations for the organization in the wake of Ted Wells’ report on the Richie Incognito-Jonathan Martin dispute.
Marino’s broadcasting career included serving as an analyst on HBO’s “Inside the NFL” from 2002-07.
Gonzalez will join host James Brown and analysts Bill Cowher and Boomer Esiason on a slimmed-down “NFL Today” panel.
“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,” said Sean McManus, chairman of CBS Sports.
“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.”
Marino remained on CBS’ pre-game show this past season following speculation that the network might make a change following a New York Post report in early 2013 that he fathered a child with a former CBS Sports production assistant in 2005.
At the time of the report, Marino released a statement saying, “This is a personal and private matter. I take full responsibility both personally and financially for my actions now as I did then. We mutually agreed to keep our arrangement private to protect all parties involved.”