NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has officially signed a new contract extension, sources told Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio on Wednesday.
According to the report, the NFL’s compensation committee sent a memorandum to all owners informing them of Goodell’s extension.
Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones had reportedly been working behind the scenes to delay or derail the process of Goodell’s extension before ultimately backing down. He was mainly displeased due to the way the league handled the situation of Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott.
The Washington Post’s Mark Maske later reported that Goodell’s extension is for five years and up to $40 million per season, with about 90 percent tied to incentives.
Here’s how the compensation committee’s letter to the owners reads, as shared by the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport on Facebook:
In recent days, we have spoken with each of you individually regarding the status of the negotiations to extend Commissioner Goodell’s employment contract. In the course of those discussions, we have reviewed with you the details of the contract extension. Our Committee unanimously supports the contract and believes that it is fully consistent with “market” compensation and the financial and other parameters outlined to the owners at our May 2017 meeting, as well as in the best interests of ownership. We also have expressed in those conversations our strong and unanimous belief that we should proceed to sign the agreement now, consistent with the unanimous May resolution and to avoid further controversy surrounding this issue. We are pleased to report that there is a nearly unanimous consensus among the ownership in favor of signing the contract extension now.
Accordingly, this will advise the ownership that a binding contract extension has been signed by the Commissioner and by Arthur Blank, on behalf of the League entities.
We are pleased to have resolved this issue and we appreciate the strong support received from our partners. It was particularly gratifying to hear so many owners commit to being more engaged in League affairs and to express the desire to work more closely with the Commissioner and League staff on matters critical to the League. We know that we speak for all of you, as well as for the Commissioner, in saying that the NFL is strongest when our ownership is active and unified.
We look forward to seeing each of you at the Special Meeting in Dallas on December 13th and to working together, as a partnership, to address the important issues facing the League.
Arthur Blank, Chairman