While Long's team - which is responsible for the in-venue videoboard show - prepared for one of the most important games in stadium history (Lincoln Financial Field last hosted the NFC Championship Game in 2005), it also wanted to be ready for what might come next.
Along with Omer Asik and a 2018 first-round pick, New Orleans is sending veterans Tony Allen and Jameer Nelson to Chicago. The Bulls have more than enough cap space to accommodate Asik, Allen , and Nelson. Asik, the former Bull who will be kept, is due $11.2 million next season, but has only a $3 million guarantee on his $11.9 million deal for 2019-20.
The deal gives FOX the rights to 11 Thursday games per season (excluding Thanksgiving night), starting in week 4 (typically the first week of October). A spokesman for Fox Networks Group, the operating unit that includes Fox Sports, declined to comment. The deal may also bring a shift to the digital distribution model for Thursday Night Football .
With Smith set to sign a four-year, $94 million deal in the nation's capital, the 33-year-old veteran can likely breathe a sigh of relief knowing his future won't be in the Dawg Pound. His ability to throw on the run is top-notch and he isn't afraid to make the throws that most quarterbacks wouldn't think of attempting. He's got a talented arm, smart at the line of scrimmage, knows how to make adjustments.
Though wary to talk about players Chelsea have been linked with - such as Olivier Giroud and Fernando Llorente - Conte opened up when asked about Emerson, whose move appears to be a mere formality. Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia added: "We are delighted to welcome Emerson to the club". At the start of the January window, the Blues were looking to seal a double deal for Palmieri and teammate Edin Dzeko .