NFL Notes: Roger Goodell, Lions, Redskins


Roger Goodell

  • Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, citing a league source, reports that NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has asked for access to the NFL’s private plan arrangements through NetJets as part of his new extension with the league, with an understanding that he would reimburse the league in full for all costs incurred.
  • The initial report said that Goodell had asked for private jet use for life, but didn’t include the part about him willing to compensate the league for costs incurred.
  • Florio adds that the reason Goodell would like access to the NFL’s NetJet arrangement is that it comes with a reduced rate, due to the extended use of the service.


  • Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press writes that Lions DE Ziggy Ansah is no longer in line for a huge free agent next this offseason and it’s unlikely Detroit would use their franchise tag on him at the cost of around $18 million guaranteed.
  • Instead, Birkett predicts that Ansah may end up agreeing to a one-year, prove-it contract and look to rebuild his value in 2018.
  • Birkett tosses out a one-year deal in the range of $10 – $12 million as something that could make sense for Ansah this offseason.
  • We have Ansah featured in our Top 25 – 2018 NFL Free Agents list.
  • According to Birkett, the Lions paid DE George Johnson $45,588 for his one day on their roster.


  • John Keim of ESPN writes that the Redskins really need an upgrade at running back.
  • Even so, Keim doesn’t think there’s any reason to move on from Rob Kelley next year, given that he would be a solid backup for them.
  • According to Keim, the next seven weeks will be a good test for rookie RB Samaje Perine to show he can be their guy moving forward.
  • Keim believes Washington’s offense could take off much like the Saints and Falcons’ offensive units have the past few years after they found two quality running backs to feature.

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