Former QB Rich Gannon will not return to CBS: report


CBS is shaking up its football broadcast booth.

According to Andrew Marchand of the New York Post, the network has decided not to retain former quarterback Rich Gannon as a color commentator.

Gannon, 55, was due for a new contract, which CBS decided it would not renew.

The former MVP quarterback with the Raiders joined CBS in 2005 following his retirement and spent the last 16 seasons in the booth with them.

This past year, in perhaps an omen his time was coming to an end, Gannon was moved to do games with Greg Gumbel instead of his usual partner, Kevin Harlan.

Harlan and Trent Green announced what were usually the third-best games each week while Gumbel and Gannon usually did the fourth most-watched matchup, per Marchand.

It is not certain who will replace Gannon in the booth. Marchand mentions Adam Archuleta and James Lofton as two potential internal candidates.

Some have also speculated that recently retired quarterback Philip Rivers could pursue a career in broadcasting, which would make him an intriguing outside candidate — if that is what he chooses to do next.

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