Robert Kraft might still be upset about Deflategate, and Jerry Jones might not be happy about the Ezekiel Elliott suspension, but NFL owners as a group apparently have no concerns about Roger Goodell’s job performance.
The NFL is close to extending the commissioner’s contract through 2024, SportsBusiness Journal reported Monday, saying an announcement could come this week.
Goodell’s current contract runs through 2019, so there was no real urgency to secure an extension, but making the move now represents a significant vote of confidence from the owners days after NFL Players’ Association chief DeMaurice Smith said he expects a strike or lockout to occur in 2021.
A Goodell extension does not need to be approved by all 32 owners; the members of the six-man compensation committee are empowered to make decisions on his contract.
The pressure is mounting for an NFL team to offer Colin Kaepernick a job. And Hall of Famer and former Cowboys running back Emmitt Smith thinks the controversial quarterback has what it takes to secure a roster spot.
“I think Colin Kaepernick definitely has the talent to play the game of football,” Smith told BlackSportsOnline. “I think somebody needs to give him a chance.”
This is one of the most poorly handled contracts in the NFL. The Chiefs allowed Hali’s previous contract to expire and accelerate millions to the salary cap, causing them to defer far too much guaranteed money to 2017. Hali last year was nowhere near as productive as he was in his prime and saw his playing time significantly reduced, but the Chiefs have no options until after this year because of the large guarantee.