Roger Goodell Signs Contract Extension With "Nearly Unanimous Consensus" Among Owners

Roger Goodell Signs Contract Extension With

Goodell has served as the league's commissioner since taking over for Paul Tagliabue in 2006, and while there has been plenty of controversy during his tenure, the league's owners have chose to keep him around.

As noted in the memo, a unanimous decision to extend the commissioner's contract was reached in May of this year. The commissioner has signed a five-year extension with the league, according to Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio.

The NFL announced Wednesday that Goodell had signed the contract extension along with Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank, who signed on behalf of the league.

According to the report there was reportedly a "nearly unanimous consensus" among owners to re-sign Goodell. "We got a lot of input from a lot of owners, a lot of guidance from them, and we feel very good about what developed out of that". Other sources said that Goodell was asking for even more. Since then, his reign has been awash with controversy, most notably the Deflategate scandal involving Tom Brady and the New England Patriots, which ultimately resulted in a four-game suspension of Brady last season. He's expected to make roughly $40 million per year with incentives.

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Prior to signing the extension, which was first reported by ProFootballTalk, his contract would have expired after the 2018 season.

The Compensation Committee received authorization from the owners in May to offer an extension to Goodell, but Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones had been working to stop the process after Goodell has reportedly promised him that running back Ezekiel Elliott would not be suspended.

Blank told The MMQB that he spoke with Jones recently and that the Cowboys owner "understands the contract and how we got here".