NFL commissioner Goodell signs 5-year contract extension

Lynette Rowe
December 7, 2017

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell signed a contract extension with the NFL, according to a press release, that news reports say could be worth as much as $200 million. Goodell has served as the league's commissioner since taking over for Paul Tagliabue in 2006, and while there has been plenty of controversy during his tenure, the league's owners have made a decision to keep him around.

Goodell reportedly wanted to earn nearly $50 million per year with perks such as use of a private jet for life and lifetime health insurance for his family.

The Compensation Committee received unanimous authorization from the owners in May 2017 to execute the contract. The new deal runs through the 2023 season.

Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank, who heads the compensation committee, told The MMQB he was "relieved" that Goodell had signed the deal. "We should have a real good airing out of some of the things that we've been reading about, and in the meantime I've been having a lot of conversations with a lot of owners".

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Blank said the owners will have a more direct line to Goodell going forward, including a session with the commissioner at future owners meetings. Since then, his reign has been awash with controversy, most notably the Deflategate scandal involving Tom Brady and the New England Patriots, which ultimately resulted in a four-game suspension of Brady last season. Although $40 million a year is less than Goodell initially asked for, it's certainly a nice chunk of change, especially for a guy who's thoroughly disliked by a prominent subset of players, owners and fans.

Jones had been removed as a non-voting seventh member of the compensation committee after his threat of a lawsuit.

The approval of the contract will probably come as a shock to Jones, who had said on Tuesday that he didn't think a deal would get done before the National Football League owners meeting that's scheduled for December 13 in Irving, Texas.

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