Alex Smith, Mark Sanchez in running to replace Rich Gannon in CBS NFL broadcast booth

Those longing to see Alex Smith near a football field again may not have to wait much longer.

The New York Post’s Andrew Marchand reports that Smith was recently given an audition for an open analyst spot for CBS, which would be his next foray in football after 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 searching for a replacement analyst after Chris Spielman took a job with the Lions this offseason.

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Smith, though, isn’t alone in the running: Marchand also reports that former QB Mark Sanchez also was offered an audition as an analyst with CBS. Marchand reports that a source says that Sanchez has a bit more personality than Smith. Sanchez has worked as a studio analyst in recent years for ESPN.

Former wideout 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 a 16-year run behind the microphone as an analyst for the network. James Lofton and Adam Archuleta were two internal options considered for Gannon’s spot, while the network has several game analysts who could slide into the role, including Tiki Barber and Jay Feely.

Gannon was fourth on the network’s “depth chart,” per Marchand, presumably behind Tony Romo, Charles Davis and Trent Green.

CBS’ search has yet to be concluded, but should Smith make the jump from field to booth, then it’ll likely be another seamless transition to a new squad like he’s done throughout his career.

Alex Smith, Mark Sanchez in running to replace Rich Gannon in CBS NFL broadcast booth

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