Former Giants DE Tuck announces retirement
OAKLAND, Calif. — Oakland Raiders defensive end Justin Tuck is retiring after 11 seasons in the NFL.
Tuck announced his decision Monday and said he leaves the NFL with very few regrets.
"After months of praying and careful consideration, I have decided to retire from the game of football," Tuck said on Facebook. "I've had 11 great years and, honestly, I leave with very few regrets."
Tuck played his first nine seasons with the New York Giants, helping them win two Super Bowls. He spent the past two years in Oakland, where he was a mentor to All-Pro pass rusher Khalil Mack.
"Justin Tuck is a leader and a true professional on and off the field," Raiders coach Jack Del Rio said. "His commitment to his teammates and the organization was awesome, and he was a pleasure to coach. I wish Justin and his family nothing but the best."
Tuck was an All-Pro in 2008 when he had 12 sacks. He finishes his career with 66 1/2 sacks, 22 forced fumbles, six fumble recoveries and three interceptions in 147 career games. Tuck missed the final 11 games this season with a torn pectoral muscle.
"I want to thank the New York Giants and the Oakland Raiders for giving me a place I could call home all of these years," Tuck said. "The Mara, Tisch, and Davis families, I'm forever in your debt. To my coaches: thanks for having me ready at every stage — the Super Bowls, Pro Bowls, you name it. Thank you for teaching me about professionalism, preparation, and the pursuit of perfection. To my teammates: thank you for always going to battle with me each and every game day, but more importantly, thanks for being my brothers for life."
Tuck was the Raiders' nominee in 2015 for the NFL's Walter Payton Man of the Year Award. He said he will concentrate on his charitable work with R.U.S.H. for Literacy, a program focused on providing access to books, combating summer learning loss and closing the educational opportunity gap that exists for low-income Americans.
'Thursday Night Football' to air on both CBS and NBC
"Thursday Night Football" will bounce around among CBS, NBC and NFL Network next season, and league executives are confident fans will find the games just fine.
The appeal for the NFL is that its new deals add another network — not to mention all of NBC Universal's other channels — to promote the package as Americans get into the habit of watching football on Thursdays. The money is enticing, too.
The contracts are worth $450 million a year for the 10 games split between CBS and NBC, a person familiar with the details told the Associated Press on Monday.
The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the terms were not made public.
CBS will air five games early in the season, while NBC will have five late in the season in 2016 and '17 as part of the two-year agreements — increasing the number on traditional broadcast TV by two. Those will still be simulcast on NFL Network, which will also have eight exclusive matchups again.
The exact schedule has yet to be determined. NBC said its first game would be in Week 11 on Nov. 17.
In other news
Broncos: Denver's buses were involved in a minor accident following their practice at Stanford Stadium Monday.
Team spokesman Patrick Smyth says nobody was injured in the accident on the southbound lanes of U.S. Route 101.
Outside linebacker DeMarcus Ware tweeted a photo of players standing alongside their bus.
He posted: "To keep the day interesting, we have a small wreck. Looks like everyone is ok though."
Cardinals: Arizona re-signed Darren Fells to a one-year contract.
The 6-foot-7, 281-pound tight end appeared in 14 games last season, 12 as a starter. He had career highs of 21 receptions for 311 yards and three touchdowns.
Fells played basketball in Argentina, Mexico, Belgium, Finland and France before signing with the Seattle Seahawks in March 2013. He was released by the Seahawks that August and was signed to the Cardinals' practice squad in October 2013.
Lions: Former Miami Hurricanes coach Al Golden has been hired as Detroit's tight ends coach.
Golden was fired by Miami in October. He was the coach there from 2011-15 and at Temple from 2006-10. Golden moves to the NFL after 23 years as a college coach. He was an assistant at Virginia, Penn State and Boston College before taking over at Temple.
Titans: Tennessee hired Keith Willis as an assistant defensive line coach and Brandon Blaney as a defensive assistant.
— The Associated Press