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NFL Notes: Thursday Night Games, 49ers, Bears, & Chargers

Thursday Night Games

The NFL reached a deal with CBS and NBC to broadcast Thursday Night Football games with the fees for the rights being roughly $450 million.

The slate breaks down to: CBS airing five games, NBC airing five games and NFL Network airing eight games exclusively and simulcasting the Thursday night schedule.

Here’s the official release regarding the new Thursday Night Football package.

“We are continuing to make Thursday Night Football bigger and better.  CBS has played an integral role over the last two seasons in helping build Thursdays as a night for NFL football, and we’re excited to have them on board again,” said Commissioner Goodell. “At the same time, we’re thrilled to add NBC to the Thursday Night Football mix, a trusted partner with a proven track record of success broadcasting NFL football in primetime, and look forward to expanding with a digital partner for what will be a unique tri-cast on broadcast, cable, and digital platforms.”

“Our mission when we first put games on Thursday nights in 2006 was to work strategically to make Thursdays a night for NFL football in the mold of what Monday and Sunday nights mean to millions of fans across the country,” said Robert Kraft, Chairman of the NFL’s Broadcast Committee. “We’ve made great strides since that point, and growing the base of games with CBS, now with NBC, and soon with digital streaming will only help us solidify this night in the consciousness of NFL fans here and globally.”

“The CBS Corporation and the CBS Television Network are extremely pleased to continue our successful partnership with the NFL on Thursday nights,” said Moonves. “Thursday Night Football has provided extremely valuable programming and a powerful promotional platform to help launch CBS’s primetime schedule, contributing to our standing as the perennial Number One and most-watched network. Broadcasting the first half of the Thursday Night Football schedule is a terrific way to jump start the 2016-17 television season. We look forward to another great year of the NFL on CBS on both Thursdays and Sundays.”

“The NFL has the most powerful programming on television, and we are delighted to expand our primetime schedule to 24 regular season games,” said Burke.  “Thursday Night Football is an important addition to NBC’s #1 ranked primetime lineup, and the perfect complement to our award winning Sunday Night Football broadcast. The NFL is a terrific partner, and we could not be more pleased about expanding our relationship.”

49ers

  • The 49ers have named Roy Anderson as the team’s assistant defensive backs coach.

Bears

  • John Mullin says with the going rate for good offensive tackles being north of $10 million, the question remains whether the Bears will pay OT Kyle Long will be paid as a right or a left tackle.
  • Mulling points out that Eagles OT Lane Johnson, who signed an extension last week, is the only right tackle among the top 19 salaries for tackles; Johnson is expected to move to left tackle after Jason Peters is done with the Eagles.
  • Long moved to tackle this past season after making the Pro Bowl his first two seasons as a guard.
  • Jeff Dickerson believes that Bears WR Alshon Jeffery it’s “highly likely” he returns, adding that he’s “too valuable to leave“.
  • Bears GM Ryan Pace had this to say on re-signing their star receiver: “Obviously when Alshon played he was explosive and a playmaker for our offense. The previous two seasons he’d been healthy and highly productive. He was frustrated by his injuries. We were frustrated by his injuries. We got to get a better grasp of that. Part of the evaluation of a player is his injuries and his availability. We’ll take that into account.” (Jeff Dickerson)

Chargers

  • Alex Marvez reports the Chargers have hired John McNulty as the new tight ends coach.
  • McNulty as the Titans quarterbacks coach and has a long time connection to Chargers OC Ken Whisenhunt.

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