Technically still a free agent, new The NFL Today analyst and former Baltimore Ravens and New York Jets linebacker Bart Scott had been courted by at least one NFL before taking the gig on the CBS pregame show, according to a report today from NFL.com.
In a post to Twitter, USA Today NFL writer Tom Pelissero reported that Scott had workouts set with several teams around the league and the Cleveland Browns “wanted him badly,” but a persistent toe injury squandered any possible deal.
Scott had played through a torn toe ligament, according to the report, for the Jets in 2012.
The former Pro Bowler and All-Pro will now join the CBS pregame show, according to a report today from CBS Sports, just a week after the network announced that future Hall of Fame tight end Tony Gonzalez would join The NFL Today as well.
Scott had spent Sundays last season as a member of CBS Sports Network’s secondary pregame show The Other Pregame Show, which Gonzalez will reportedly serve on also.
“Bart joining The NFL Today is a natural progression from his outstanding work during his first season on TOPS," said CBS Sports chairman Sean McManus. "Bart brings a dynamic personality and unique perspective as a recently retired player providing strong opinions on all the hot-button issues on a weekly basis. We are confident he will continue to bring that perspective and those opinions to The NFL Today.”
The two join the CBS crew as the network dumped NFL Hall of Famers Dan Marino and Shannon Sharpe from The NFL Today last week.
Sharpe said last week, according to a report from ESPN Denver, that he was “disappointed” but also “grateful” for his time on the show.
McManus thanked Sharpe and Marino for their contributions to The NFL Today for more than a decade.
“Dan and Shannon are true Hall of Famers on the field and in front of the camera,” McManus said in a statement. “As they pursue other professional opportunities, we thank them for their hard work and dedication and wish them nothing but the best.”