Roger Goodell could make more in five years than career earnings of Brady, Brees
The NFL commissioner is very well paid thanks to his new extension
On Wednesday afternoon,that will keep him in charge of professional football through the year 2023. The deal will pay him $200 million (!) if he hits all his incentives and gets all his bonuses, which means that Goodell will make about $40 million annually moving forward.
It is worth noting that Goodell's contract will largely be tied to bonuses and incentives according to most reports, including this one from ESPN's Adam Schefter. In fact, he could "only" make in the single digits in millions (which is a fun thing to say) when it comes to his base compensation package.
Goodell's deal was set to expire after the 2018 season and there had been Cowboys owner if the compensation committee handed Goodell a new contract. Jones, presumably, remained non-thrilled by ., with
Maybe Goodell's contract is like a real NFL contract and a large chunk of the money in it is impossible to achieve. Let's not pretend he isn't going to end up making a nice chunk of change, however. , a six percent cut from his . If he's making a minimal amount as base compensation, it's at least possible that Jerry got his way to a degree.
Given that it's being reported like a fully-guaranteed contract (a.k.a. a free-agency deal), let's just go ahead and imagine that the commissioner does hit every single incentive in his contract. In that event, he would make around $40 million per year. And let's go ahead and compare it to player contracts. Don't tell me that it's not reasonable. It's perfectly reasonable. You're being unreasonable.
Compare Goodell's $200 million windfall over the five years of his new deal with the players to make the most money all-time in career earnings (per Spotrac):
Goodell has shepherded a billion-dollar business to a point where it is more profitable than ever before. The CEO of said business should get paid handsomely. But let's not pretend that Goodell is more valuable to football over the next five years than Tom Brady and Drew Brees have been over their entire careers. Executives will almost always make more than the guys in the line of fire, but that doesn't mean it should feel right that Goodell will make more from 2018 through 2023 than Hall of Fame quarterbacks made between 2001 and 2017. That's wild.
Now let's compare it to the 2018 salary of some notable quarterbacks -- the highest-paid guys in football typically -- and see how Goodell stacks up.
* With incentives
** If given the franchise tag
So a couple of takeaways here. One, Roger Goodell, if he maxes out his contract bonuses and incentives, will make more in 2018 than Matthew Stafford and Tom Brady. Unless the Packers rework Aaron Rodgers' deal, Goodell will make more than Rodgers too.
Even if the Redskins give Kirk Cousins a third-straight franchise tag ---- Goodell would still make more than $5 million north of what Cousins would make playing on a one-year contract for the third year in a row.
I'm actually one of the people who think Goodell gets a bit of a bad rap for the actual importance of his job at this point; he manages to get all 32 NFL owners on the same page when it comes to negotiating television contracts and working out a collective bargaining agreement. His job looks easy from outside, but let's not act like some random dude is going to handle his gig.
Still, it's pretty absurd that he is going to make more money than Rodgers and Brady -- arguably the two most marketable starts in the NFL -- in 2018. Long live capitalism.
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