“Thursday Night Football” will bounce around among CBS, NBC and the NFL Network next season.

The appeal for the NFL is its new deals add another network – not to mention all of NBCUniversal’s other channels – to promote the package as Americans get into the habit of watching football on Thursdays.

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. CBS paid $300 million for eight games in 2015.

CBS will air five games early in the season and NBC will have five late in the season in 2016 and ’17 as part of the two-year agreements, increasing by two the number on traditional broadcast TV. Those will still be simulcast on NFL Network, which also will 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.

BROWNS: Tired of quarterback Johnny Manziel’s off-field transgressions, Cleveland fans started a “Johnny Free February” movement on Twitter. A longtime fan, Chris McNeil, said his 8-year-old daughter came up with the idea after hearing about more bad news involving Manziel.

McNeil said 750 people have signed up for his campaign “not to tweet, retweet, or mention Johnny Manziel on Twitter in February or until he is no longer a Cleveland Brown.”

The tipping point for many fans came because Manziel is being investigated for a possible assault of his former girlfriend in Texas, where police used a helicopter to find him.

RAIDERS: Defensive end Justin Tuck is retiring after 11 seasons in the NFL, saying he leaves 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 Bowl titles. He spent the past two years in Oakland where he was a mentor to All-Pro pass rusher Khalil Mack.

n With hopes of moving to Los Angeles on hold, Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf said the team’s primary focus is on securing a lease to remain at the Coliseum for the 2016 season.

BRONCOS: The team’s two buses were involved in a minor accident following practice at Stanford Stadium.

A team spokesman said nobody was injured in the accident on the southbound lanes of Route 101.

TITANS: Tennessee hired Keith Willis as an assistant defensive line coach and Brandon Blaney as a defensive assistant.

Willis spent the last three years as a defensive line coach for the Canadian Football League’s Montreal Alouettes. Blaney has 17 years of college coaching experience and spent the last two years as an offensive line coach at Iowa State. He was a defensive assistant with the Jacksonville Jaguars from 2011-12.

JOSEPH RANDLE, who was released by Dallas last fall, was arrested in Texas after it was determined he was wanted for speeding.

Irving police spokesman James McLellan said Randle, 24, was arrested early Monday. He said police were called to a home after a woman said her daughter’s former boyfriend was ringing their doorbell at 3 a.m.

CARDINALS: Arizona re-signed tight end Darren Fells to a one-year contract.

Fells appeared in 14 games last season, 12 as a starter.


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