Daniel Kaplan of the Sports Business Journal first reported that the NFL and Roger Goodell were “close” to a five-year extension.
According to Adam Schefter, talks between the NFL and Goodell regarding a new deal have not progressed as some thought. However, Schefter adds that a deal is still likely to get done, but there are some issues to work out.
A source tells Schefter that Falcons owner Arthur Blank has had ongoing discussions about a new contract for Goodell since the league meetings in May. Although Schefter adds that there are some who feel that the sides were closer to a deal earlier this month than they are today.
This new deal would keep Goodell in place through the 2024 season and extend his run to 19 years as league commissioner.
Some had wondered if the penalties handed to the Patriots and Cowboys in recent years could impact Goodell’s future status with the league, given that Robert Kraft and Jerry Jones are both influential owners who had been strong supporters of Goodell before the suspensions handed down to Tom Brady and recently to Ezekiel Elliott.
However, Goodell has overseen the league during the most prosperous stretch in league history, which has led to record revenues for teams and a team-friendly CBA.Goodell, 58, took over for Paul Tagliabue in 2006. His original five-year contract was extended in 2009, and then again in 2012.
Goodell, 58, was hired as the NFL’s commissioner in 2006, replacing Paul Tagliabue. His contract was extended in 2009 and again in 2012.
During his first 10 years as commissioner, Goodell earned $212.5 million including nearly $32 million in the 2015 fiscal year.