Roger Goodell signs contract extension as NFL commissioner, per report

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and players met in October and discussed how to address social issues. (Photo: Jake Roth, USA TODAY Sports)
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The NFL's compensation committee informed owners in a memo Wednesday that commissioner Roger Goodell has signed a contract extension, according to a report by Pro Football Talk.

The web site reported that, according to the memo, the extension was signed by Goodell and Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank, who heads the league's compensation committee. The memo also cited a "nearly unanimous consensus" among NFL owners who supported finalizing the deal. 

The league's 32 owners voted unanimously in May to authorize Blank and the compensation committee to negotiate an extension with Goodell, whose previous deal ran through 2019 and paid him $31.7 million in 2015, the last year for which his salary was reported. The New York Times reported that Goodell's extension is for an additional five years.

The compensation committee faced criticism along the way from Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, who at one point threatened to sue his fellow owners in order to prevent the completion of the deal. He later said he would not take the matter to court but told USA TODAY Sports' Jarrett Bell he wanted "accountability." 

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