NEW YORK — With NBC out of the NFL game, two of the Peacock’s high-priced football talent, Greg Gumbel and Cris Colinsworth, have agreed to join networks that have pro football contracts.
Gumbel, who handled studio duties for NBC, has signed on as the play-by-play announcer for CBS’ lead AFC announcing team. His five-year deal is reportedly for an average of $1.75 million a year. Phil Simms is the “color” man being talked about to be teamed with Gumbel.
Colinsworth, an NBC studio analyst, has committed to a five-year deal for $1 million a year to join “Fox NFL Sunday,” the network’s pregame show. “Fox NFL Sunday” also features James Brown, Terry Bradshaw, Howie Long and Ronnie Lott.
The networks, who insisted on waiting until after the Super Bowl to comment on the hires, should make announcements this week.