Bart Scott still is only 33, young enough that he believed he still had something left as a player even after spending a year off the field as a television analyst.
But even with a team he would not name expressing "serious" interest in adding him for 2014, the former Jets linebacker opted to give up playing for good after CBS made an offer "too tremendous to pass up."
The network that last season employed him on its cable network program, "That Other Pregame Show," Monday elevated him to the panel of analysts for its signature "The NFL Today."
Scott will join fellow newcomer Tony Gonzalez in replacing the departed Dan Marino and Shannon Sharpe. James Brown, Boomer Esiason and Bill Cowher return.
"I know I can play," Scott said, believing his final season with the Jets in 2012 was ruined primarily by a lingering toe injury. "There were people who were going to give me the opportunity in a starting role and a main role . . . But football would have been a two-year job. This is a career.
"It's equivalent to getting the Jay Leno Show or the David Letterman Show. If I passed it up, I might be kicking myself in the butt for the rest of my life . . . This opportunity is a dream for me to be able to step off the field one year and step into that arena now."
CBS said Scott will expand his role in other areas, including contributing to "Inside the NFL" on Showtime, while also appearing on weekly segments for "That Other Pregame Show" on CBS Sports Network.
Scott played 11 seasons in the NFL for the Ravens and Jets, securing second-team All-Pro honors in 2006.