Report: Roger Goodell Seeking $50M Salary, Private Jet for Life in New Contract

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured ColumnistNovember 12, 2017

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell stands on the field during the warm-up before an NFL football game between the Cleveland Browns and the Minnesota Vikings at Twickenham Stadium in London, Sunday Oct. 29, 2017. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland)
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NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is reportedly asking for a $49.5 million annual salary and a private jet for life in contract negotiations with league owners.

"That number for Roger just seems too much," an owner told ESPN's Adam Schefter and Chris Mortensen. "It's offensive. It's unseemly."

Goodell's latest proposal also included lifetime health insurance for his family. His current deal includes compensation of roughly $30 million per year.

The league issued a statement Sunday to deny Schefter and Mortensen's report.

"The only element of the ESPN report that is true is that there is a regularly scheduled Compensation Committee conference call on Monday," NFL spokesman Joe Lockhart said, per Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk. "There is no basis in fact for any of the other reporting. Those trying to peddle that nonsense are profoundly misinformed or deliberately trying to mislead."

Extension negotiations with Goodell have become contentious, with Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones reportedly threatening to sue the league and some owners if the deal goes forward. Jones and Goodell have clashed in recent months, most notably about the commissioner's six-game suspension of Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott.

The decision is in litigation, and Elliott will miss his first game of the season Sunday after a judge denied his appeal for a temporary stay. Jones has also been unhappy about player protests during the national anthem.

"Roger is defiant," one owner told Schefter and Mortensen. "He's not going to resign; he's not going to take a pay cut. He can stand to show some humility, but he won't listen to staff."

Goodell has been commissioner since 2006. While the league has experienced a massive financial windfall during his tenure, he has been consistently criticized for his handling of controversies—notably concussions and CTE, domestic violence issues, player safety and scandals like Spygate and Bountygate.

There has been no word on what the compensation package being offered by league owners includes.