Those who long to see Alex Smith again near a soccer field may not have to wait much longer.
The New York Post’s Andrew Marchand reports that Smith was recently auditioned for an open analyst position for CBS, which would be his next foray into soccer after his retirement from the game.
Smith, who made a miraculous return to the field after a life-threatening leg injury put him out for two years, also received auditions from NFL Network and Fox. Fox is also seeking a replacement analyst after he Chris Spielman will accept a job with the Lions this offseason.
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Smith, however, is not alone in the race: Marchand also reports that former quarterback Mark Sanchez was also offered an audition as a CBS analyst. Marchand reports that a source says Sánchez has a bit more personality than Smith. Sánchez has worked as a studio analyst in recent years for ESPN.
Former wide receiver Joey Galloway and recently retired Cowboys linebacker Sean Lee also auditioned for the role.
CBS decided not to renew Rich Gannon’s contract after the 2020 season, ending a 16-year career behind the microphone as a network analyst. James Lofton and Adam Archuleta were two insiders considered for Gannon’s job, 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, presumably behind Tony Romo, Charles Davis and Trent Green.
CBS’s search is not yet over, but Smith should make the leap from the field to the booth, then it will likely be another smooth transition to a new team as he has done throughout his career.