CSN to deliver comprehensive Patriots Playoff coverage with "Drive for 5" programming

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CSN to deliver comprehensive Patriots Playoff coverage with "Drive for 5" programming

  • Early Edition, SportsNet Central, Sports Tonight, Sports Sunday, Patriots Wednesday Live, New England Football Night, Quick Slants, and other Patriots shows on CSN to give Viewers in-depth Coverage Throughout Patriots Playoff Run
  • Troy Brown, Dan Koppen, Albert Breer, Tom Curran & Michael Felger to Headline Game Day Coverage Beginning with Patriots-Texans Matchup Saturday, January 14th
  • Pre-Game Live Kicks off at 6PM Saturday; Post-Game Live Immediately Following Game CSNNE.com to Provide Robust, Interactive, Coverage of Patriots Playoff Run

BURLINGTON, MA, January 10, 2017 - The Patriots host the Houston Texans on Saturday at 8:15PM at Gillette Stadium in a Divisional Playoff game, and no local station, regional network or national sports network is providing more coverage dedicated to the game and to the Patriots Playoff run than CSN New England. CSN will feature ongoing coverage of the Patriots in all of the network’s news and opinion programs, Patriots specific programs, and via live pre & post-game shows -- all under the title “Drive for 5”.

“We look forward to extending our robust season-long coverage of the Patriots into the post-season as the team continues their quest for another Super Bowl title,” said Princell Hair, SVP and General Manager, CSN New England. “We are committed to offering Patriots fans a one-stop destination for all of their Patriots Playoffs news, analysis and opinion -- both on TV and online -- from some of the most influential and expert personalities in the marketplace."

CSN’s gameday coverage will be highlighted by Football Day in New England presented by your New England Acura Dealers. For the Patriots-Texans game this Saturday, Pregame Live presented by Ace Ticket will kick off at 6PM and will provide a preview of the upcoming game with an interactive element with live Facebook, Twitter and CSNNE.com fan questions answered throughout the show. Postgame Live presented by Twin River Casino will take an in-depth look back at the game and will also be an interactive platform for fans to weigh in with their thoughts. Michael Felger will host along with expert analysis from Troy Brown, Albert Breer and Dan Koppen, while CSNNE.com Patriots Insider Tom E. Curran and Mike Giardi will report from inside Gillette Stadium. CSN will also televise a Halftime Live show both on TV and on CSNNE.com.

Throughout the Patriots Playoff run, each episode of CSN’s nightly studio shows will dedicate time to the upcoming Patriots matchups, including Chevrolet SportsNet Central at 6PM and Arbella Early Edition at 6:30PM which will focus heavily on the Patriots post-season. Town Fair Tire Sports Tonight and 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Toucher & Rich and Felger & Mazz will also spend each week previewing the upcoming Patriots game in each of its episodes, and Sports Sunday will dig into each game on Sunday in its aftermath.

All CSN-produced weekly football programs will continue with robust coverage and previews of the upcoming matchup. Patriots Wednesday Live presented by Nissan (Wednesdays @ Noon) will continue to bring viewers exclusive coverage of the team’s mid-week press conference with Patriots Coach Bill Belichick and Quarterback Tom Brady as they prepare for their next matchup. Thursday night’s New England Football Night presented by AT&T will offer Playoff focused episodes of New England Tailgate presented by Town Fair Tire (7PM) and Patriots Football Weekly (7:30PM). Both Monday Night Patriots and Quick Slants presented by Papa Gino’s will take a look back at the prior matchup and break down all the best and worst plays on the Monday following the game.

CSNNE.com will keep fans engaged with up-to-the-minute news, daily video updates, on demand content and preview highlights. CSNNE.com’s “The Pulse” presented by New England Ford, will be the center for any and all social media chatter before, during and after each Playoff game. Halftime Live will also be the only exclusive online local halftime show in the region. Additionally, CSNNE.com will continue to feature both the live “Quick Slants” podcasts with Curran and Phil Perry as well as the “Ex-Pats Podcast” with Giardi, Koppen and Jerod Mayo. Fans are also encouraged to download the CSNNE app for access to real-time updates and Patriots news via push notifications.

CSN’s “Drive for 5” coverage is presented by New England Chevy Dealers.

Mike Giardi: Don’t think Patriots will use franchise tag on Dont'a Hightower

Mike Giardi: Don’t think Patriots will use franchise tag on Dont'a Hightower

Mike Giardi discusses the odds that the New England Patriots franchise tag Dont'a Hightower and what he expects the Pats to get if they were to trade Jimmy Garoppolo.

Arizona Cardinals place franchise tag on Chandler Jones

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Arizona Cardinals place franchise tag on Chandler Jones

PHOENIX - The Arizona Cardinals, in an anticipated move, have placed a non-exclusive franchise tag on outside linebacker Chandler Jones after failing to reach a long-term deal with the player.

The non-exclusive tag allows the Cardinals to continue negotiating with Jones through July 15. If another team makes him an offer, Arizona can either match it or receive two first-round draft picks.

It's unlikely that any team would express interest in Jones, however, given what it would cost.

Under the franchise tag, Jones would receive about $15 million for the coming season.

Acquired in a trade with New England a year ago, Jones had 11 sacks, four forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and 15 tackles for loss last season

Jones has 25 1-2 sacks over the past two seasons, third-most in the NFL over that span.

The Cardinals' move came two days before the NFL deadline for making franchise designations.

It also came on Jones' 27th birthday, prompting teammate David Johnson to tweet "Happy BDay to `The Man,' `Mr. Franchise' himself.....The one and only."

The franchise tag move came as no surprise.

Club President Michael Bidwill has stated all along that Jones would not be going anywhere, that the team didn't make the trade - sending guard Jonathan Cooper and a second-round draft pick to New England - to keep him just for one season.

"We're not going to mess around with that," Bidwill said in a recent interview on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM. "He's a great pass rusher, but if we can't agree to terms that work for us, we're just going to franchise him, and his people know that."

Jones immediately upgraded what had been an average Cardinals pass rush at best. His fellow outside linebacker Markus Golden had 12 1-2 sacks and seven tackles for loss. Together they form one of the better outside pass rush combinations in the NFL.

By all accounts, the contract talks with Jones have been cordial and Jones has said he wants to stay in Arizona.

"I love it here," he said near the end of last season. "I love the vibe that the people give off and I can see myself being here for a long time."

Chandler heads a long list of free agents that the Cardinals must either re-sign or let go. That group includes starters defensive tackle Calais Campbell, safety Tony Jefferson and inside linebacker Kevin Minter.