Former New York Giants quarterback Phil Simms, ousted from the No. 1 game broadcast team earlier this month when CBS hired Tony Romo, has accepted a spot on "The NFL Today" studio show, the network announced Wednesday.
Simms joins Boomer Esiason, Bill Cowher, Bart Scott and James Brown as part of the program.
Simms still had "multiple years" left on his CBS contract, according to his agent, which put the network in the precarious position of finding a role for him that he would accept. CBS Sports Chairman Sean McManus said the network hoped to retain Simms, though his son said in a radio interview that his father was not pleased with how it all went down. Not long. I started thinking about it in a positive way and then I became excited about it. "If I'm not going to be on the No. 1 game, this is a pretty good place to land".
McManus told SBJ that Simms' strong analysis on the cable show should translate into similar talents inside the studio with CBS.More news: EPA chief to tour lead-contaminated Indiana housing complex
So CBS winds up with the A-team commentator they want and with Simms sliding into the vacant The NFL Today slot. Simms will replace former Chiefs and Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez on "The NFL Today". "The more I thought about it the more excited I got about it, and I'm just looking forward to the season and looking forward to working with all the guys". "And you see the interaction they have on 'Inside The NFL.' It's really good stuff, a really good mix".
"A lot of people said it wore on me, and I am not going to say it physically was easy", Simms said.
What about handling being absent from the broadcast booth after so many Sundays (and Thursday nights) behind the microphone?