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.  

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.  

Former players LeRoy Butler and Domonique Foxworth also expressed safety concerns that Goodell remains tasked with addressing.

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.