Alex Smith and Mark Sanchez show up to replace Rich Gannon in CBS NFL broadcast booth
Those who yearn to see Alex Smith again near a football pitch may not have to wait any longer.
Andrew Marchand of the New York Post reports that Smith recently auditioned for an open analyst position for CBS, which would be his next foray into football following his retirement from the game.
Smith, who made a miraculous return to the field after a life-threatening leg injury sidelined him for two years, also received auditions from NFL Network and Fox. Fox is also looking for a replacement analyst after Chris Spielman took a job with the Lions this offseason.
Smith, however, is not alone in the race: Marchand also reports that former QB Mark Sanchez was also offered an audition as an analyst with CBS. Marchand reports that a source says Sanchez has a bit more personality than Smith. Sanchez has worked as a studio analyst for the past few years for ESPN.
Former wide player Joey Galloway and recently retired Cowboys linebacker Sean Lee also auditioned for the role.
CBS chose not to renew Rich Gannon’s contract after the 2020 season, ending 16 years behind the mic as an analyst for the network. James Lofton and Adam Archuleta were two internal options being considered for Gannon’s place, while the network has several game analysts who could slip into the role, including Tiki Barber and Jay Feely.
Gannon was fourth on the network’s “depth chart”, according to Marchand, probably behind Tony Romo, Charles Davis and Trent Green.
The search for CBS is not over yet, but if Smith makes the jump from the field to the pit, it will likely be another seamless transition to a new team like he has done throughout his career.