Roger Goodell signed a five-year extension Wednesday to remain commissioner of the NFL. According to the New York Times' Ken Belson, the deal is worth up to $200 million if Goodell meets financial goals and incentives.
That's a lot of money, even by NFL standards. Before the season, Matthew Stafford became the league's highest-paid player by signing a five-year, $135 million extension with the Detroit Lions.
Per ESPN Stats & Info, Goodell had already netted more career earnings than any NFL player before receiving a raise.
ESPN Stats & Info @ESPNStatsInfo
Roger Goodell has made more than $200M since being elected the NFL Commissioner in 2006. No player in that time has earned that much money in that span. The most is $183.94M by Drew Brees. (source: Roster Management System)2017-12-7 11:00:03
On the same day as the contract renewal, Steelers safety Mike Mitchell criticized Goodell for the league's suspension of Pittsburgh wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster for Monday night's blindside hit on Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict. Other players reacted to the news on Twitter.
Joe Thomas @joethomas73
Tom Brady makes $20.5mm per year; @nflcommish makes $40mm per year. So does that mean that Roger Goodell is twice as valuable to the NFL and twice as hard to replace?🤔🤔2017-12-7 03:54:39
Brandon Watts @1on1wattsisland
That boy Goodell getting Steph Curry money lol #rackemup 💰2017-12-6 21:36:50
cameron jordan @camjordan94
Wonder if he had to fight for guaranteed 💰💰💰?! No just football players hmmm.... #skimaskthebag 🤒 https://t.co/mPVG5XOc1s2017-12-7 00:18:50
Ryan Keith Russell @RKRelentless
Roger Goodell enters the Black Ski Mask Hall of Fame for that one!!! 🤦🏾♂️ #SecureTheBag2017-12-6 20:56:58
Former players LeRoy Butler and Domonique Foxworth also expressed safety concerns that Goodell remains tasked with addressing.
leroy butler @leap36
It’s a shame that commissioner get’s 40 million a year, but players still waiting on settlements from concussions,SMH! @espn @BleacherReport @FOXSports @ShannonSharpe @RealSkipBayless2017-12-6 23:21:18
Domonique Foxworth @Foxworth24
Now to suck the fun out, Rog wants health care for life too. Know who doesn’t have that? RYAN SHAZIER https://t.co/a3xnqEKxIM2017-12-6 21:49:20
Any athlete without a Hall of Fame resume is usually denigrated for garnering a huge salary. Given that Goodell makes more than all of them despite his tumultuous tenure, he had to expect disapproval around the NFL after his extension.