NFL Players React to Roger Goodell's $200 Million Contract Extension

Andrew Gould@AndrewGould4Featured ColumnistDecember 7, 2017

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - OCTOBER 15: NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell (L) and head coach Mike McCarthy of the Greenbay Packers talk during warmups on October 15, 2017 at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Adam Bettcher/Getty Images)
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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)

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?🤔🤔

cameron jordan @camjordan94

Wonder if he had to fight for guaranteed 💰💰💰?! No just football players hmmm.... #skimaskthebag 🤒 https://t.co/mPVG5XOc1s

Ryan Keith Russell @RKRelentless

Roger Goodell enters the Black Ski Mask Hall of Fame for that one!!! 🤦🏾‍♂️ #SecureTheBag

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 @RealSkipBayless

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/a3xnqEKxIM

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.  



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