Compensation committee to talk Roger Goodell contract


Goodell's current contract runs out in March of 2019 and the commish and owners are now working on a five-year contract extension. According to a source familiar with the negotiations, Goodell has not budged from an offer he submitted around August 1 in which he asks for $49.5 million per year, the lifetime use of a private jet and lifetime health insurance for his family (cue the players' fury).

There has been no word on what the compensation package being offered by league owners includes. That appeared to be a formality, despite Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones' objection, but the most recent demands from Goodell might force the owners to think long and hard about that.

One NFL owner told ESPN that there are "several owners in this league who don't make $40 million a year". That, of course, is a technicality, as it refers to the actual salary a team owner takes home as opposed to the value of the National Football League franchise. It's also mentioned in the report that Goodell's desired salary is more than some team owners make in a year, outside appreciation of their investment. But according to sources who know Goodell, this will not happen. It's a sentiment that Jones does not share, still feeling Goodell would go from wildly overpaid to merely very overpaid.

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Those around Goodell do not believe he will leave the job, despite the protestations of a handful of owners.

"I'm willing to bet on myself", Goodell said in a months-ago meeting with the committee, willing to forfeit much of the money that his current deal now guarantees in lieu of earning the bonuses. "He has said he's committed to it".

"The problem is, no one is talking about games anymore", said one owner. "It's about concussions, Jones vs. Goodell, Zeke, the anthem. It's just killing the game".