Roger Goodell’s contract drama appears to have finally ended. The NFL announced it has signed the commissioner to a massive extension that will keep him in the position for the foreseeable future.
The new contract will start in 2019, run through 2024 and provide Goodell with a base salary of $4 million. But the 58-year-old could earn as much as $40 million each year based on performance incentives. Goodell has made more than $200 million since succeeding Paul Tagliabue as commissioner in 2006.
Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank signed off on the deal as the head of the NFL’s compensation committee. A letter announcing the “binding contract extension” said the league had “nearly unanimous consensus among the ownership in favor of signing the contract extension now.”
Drama between Goodell and Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones unfolded over the last few weeks following the league’s six-game suspension of running back Ezekiel Elliott. Jones threatened to derail Goodell’s extension talks but has since backed off.
It appears Jones was forced to relent by the other owners who seem to like the way Goodell does things.