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CBS Sports today announced a shake-up of their NFL coverage team, bringing in former tight end Tony Gonzalez, while saying good bye to Shannon Sharpe and Dan Marino. Could this signal a move for Marino back to the Miami Dolphins?

Scott Halleran

The rumors are getting ready to start swirling, and they will be fast, furious, and probably loud. Dan Marino, the Hall of Fame quarterback and Miami Dolphins legend, is no longer employed by CBS Sports. Could he be headed back to the Dolphins, where he is one of just three players who have seen their numbers bet retired by the franchise?

CBS Sports shook up their entire NFL coverage today, announcing fomer Kansas City Chiefs and Atlanta Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez would be joining them. Included in the press release about Gonzalez was this statement from CBS Sports Chairman Sean McManus:

“While we welcome Tony, we want to acknowledge Dan Marino and Shannon Sharpe who have contributed greatly to the success of The NFL Today for more than a decade. Dan and Shannon are true Hall of Famers on the field and in front of the camera. As they pursue other professional opportunities, we thank them for their hard work and dedication and wish them nothing but the best.”

Suddenly, Marino is a free agent, and it could be the Dolphins who are looking to sign him.

When the Dolphins were conducting their GM search last month, there was plenty of speculation that Marino could be in the running for an executive position, leading up to him eventually becoming the team's "football czar," similar to Bill Parcells when he was with the Dolphins, or how John Elway has oversight on the Denver Broncos. Of course, the key word there is "speculation," as no one from the team has ever said they were considering Marino for any position. But, a move to bring back the face of the Dolphins franchise, in any role at this point, could be a good move for the team, and would certainly excite a fan base tired of scandals and losing.