Boomer Esiason, Phil Simms out at ‘The NFL Today’

CBS shakes up its “NFL Today” team, parting ways with Boomer Esiason and Phil Simms and adding former Atlanta Falcons and Indianapolis Colts quarterback Matt Ryan to its Sunday pregame show .

Host James Brown returns, as do former player Nate Burleson and former coach Bill Cowher. This fall, JJ Watt, the defensive end who retired after the 2022 season, will join the crew part-time, CBS said in a statement.

Esiason, 63, acknowledged the change on his WFAN radio show “Boomer and Gio” and said he had signed an extension to stay with Gregg Giannotti on the program, simulcast on CBS Sports Network. “I’m walking away from ‘The NFL Today’ on CBS, more their decision than perhaps mine,” he said on the show, “but I really thought the Super Bowl was my swan song” after 22 years with CBS.

Simms, 68, was CBS’ lead games analyst for nearly 20 years, but joined the studio show when he was replaced on the No. 1 team by Tony Romo in 2017. “Age 26 great with CBS SPORTS » Simms, 68, wrote on X. “Even though this part of my career is over, I’m looking forward to what’s next.”

Ryan, 38, last played in 2022 and officially retired last week after a 15-year NFL career spent primarily with the Atlanta Falcons. He teamed with Andrew Catalon and Tiki Barber during last season’s games and appeared on several network studio platforms as well as in-studio during the NFL playoffs and Super Bowl LVIII.

“I grew up watching ‘The NFL Today,’ so I’m honored to join this iconic show and hope to continue maintaining the high standard set by Phil, Boomer and others before me,” Ryan said in the network press release. “I am grateful for this exciting new opportunity and can’t wait to get started with my new teammates.”

More changes could be coming to network coverage of the NFL this fall. The Athletic reports that the former NFL center Jason Kelce will join his show ‘Monday Night Countdown’ after the former Philadelphia Eagle also attracted interest from NBC and Prime Video, as well as CBS. Former Patriots coach Bill Belichick also gained attention from broadcasters after receiving positive reviews for his role in ESPN’s coverage of the NFL Draft last week. ESPN recently reported that he is expected to appear on ESPN’s “Manningcast” (“Monday Night Football with Peyton and Eli”) in some capacity.

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