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The 2017 NFL season is going to sound different on both CBS and Fox. As we told you earlier this month, there’s going to be a lineup shuffle for the NFL on Fox’s bottom tier of announcers. And at CBS, we already know Tony Romo will be replacing Phil Simms and there will be other changes coming as well.

Let’s take a look at what we know about the new lineups at both networks:

We start up top with Tony Romo. He’s joining the NFL on CBS’ “A” team with Jim Nantz. He’ll call both the top Sunday afternoon game for CBS as well as the first half of the Thursday Night Football package on both CBS and NFL Network.

With Romo in with Nantz, that means Phil Simms is out as lead analyst, but he’ll be joining the NFL Today so you won’t have heard the last of him. There was an opening on the NFL Today because Tony Gonzalez left for Fox.

Long-time analyst Solomon Wilcots announced that he was not returning to CBS and the network hired Hall of Fame wide receiver James Lofton from Westwood One Radio.


Over to Fox, Tony Gonzalez joins to become part of the Fox NFL Kickoff pregame at 11 a.m. ET. It’s not the same as being on at noon ET, but the gig is closer to his home in Southern California.

Jay Cutler will join the NFL on Fox’s “B” team with Kevin Burkhardt and Charles Davis.

Chris Myers confirmed that he’ll have a new partner this season:

So Johnston who had worked with Kenny Albert the past few seasons will be demoted to working with Myers.  That means Albert will have a new partner, perhaps that will be Ronde Barber.

Former ESPN’er Mark Schlereth will be part of the NFL on Fox. His partner is likely to be Dick Stockton.

So there’s going to be a lineup shuffle at both the NFL on CBS and the NFL on Fox. CBS especially prides itself on staying consistent, but it’s lineup will look much different in 2017.

About Ken Fang

Ken has been covering the sports media in earnest at his own site, Fang's Bites since May 2007 and at Awful Announcing since March 2013.

He provides a unique perspective having been an award-winning radio news reporter in Providence and having worked in local television.

Fang celebrates the three Boston Red Sox World Championships in the 21st Century, but continues to be a long-suffering Cleveland Browns fan.