Gonzalez to join CBS team
Recently retired tight end Tony Gonzalez will join “The NFL Today” pregame show beginning in 2014. CBS also announced it has parted ways with Dan Marino and Shannon Sharpe.
The new cast of the show will be James Brown, Bill Cowher, Boomer Esiason and Gonzalez.
“Having just stepped off the playing field, Tony brings a fresh and insightful perspective,” CBS Sports chairmanSean McManus said in a statement Tuesday.
Gonzalez left the NFL as the career 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.
Fisher says Bradford will start
St. Louis Rams coach Jeff Fisher said Tuesday that Sam Bradford, who is recovering from last year’s torn ACL, will be the starting quarterback even with a scheduled $17.6 million salary cap figure in 2014.
Fisher did not rule out a new contract for Bradford, who is heading into the fifth year of a sixth-year contract. There has been speculation that the Rams, who hold two first-round picks in May’s draft, could either cut Bradford or redo his contract.
Bradford was off to the best start of his career last season before suffering a torn ACL against the Carolina Panthers on Oct. 20. He completed more than 60 percent of his passes with 14 touchdowns and four interceptions in seven games.
Falcons wide receiver White arrested
Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Roddy White was arrested Tuesday morning for failure to appear in a Georgia court.
According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, White had been previously cited by the Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Department for “non-transparent material on windows” and had an outstanding warrant for not appearing on that charge.
The report says White, whose full name is Sharod Lamar White, was booked into the Gwinnett County Jail just before 4:30 a.m. He was released about 90 minutes later on $168 bond, according to jail records.
Decker to probably test free agent market
Wide receiver Eric Decker said he would entertain discussions of a return with the Denver Broncos, but more than likely he will test the free agent market by doing what is best for his family.
Decker hinted he may be willing to take less money for the right situation. He could receive a lucrative contract once the new league year begins next month. Decker, who turns 27 in March, set career highs with 87 catches for 1,288 yards in 2013. He also had 11 touchdown receptions.
Redskins’ Hall agrees on four-year deal
Washington Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall agreed on a new four-year contract, media outlets reported Tuesday.
According to NFL.com, the contract is worth about $5 million per season.
Hall, 30, led the Redskins with four interceptions and three defensive touchdowns in 2013. Before the 2013 season, the Redskins released Hall in order to save the $8 million salary cap hit and then re-signed him on a one-year, $1.25 million contract.
Colts release Choice, waive two others
The Indianapolis Colts made two roster moves on Tuesday, releasing running back Tashard Choice and waiving defensive end Jake McDonough.
Choice, 29, rushed for a combined 170 yards on 46 carries last season in 12 games with the Buffalo Bills and three games with Indianapolis after the Colts signed him on Dec. 9. In six NFL seasons, Choice has 1,579 rushing yards on 372 carries and 10 touchdowns.
McDonough, 24, signed a reserve/future contract in January after a short stint on the Colts’ practice squad.