Roger Goodell signed a five-year contract extension to remain the commissioner of the NFL, according to a memo sent to league owners from the compensation committee on Wednesday.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported, citing a source, that Goodell’s contract is expected to pay him about $40 million per year and includes incentives. Darren Rovell, also of ESPN, reported the five-year deal could be worth twice as much annually as the first 10 years that Goodell was commissioner, during which he made $212.5 million.
Goodell, 58, was elected NFL commissioner in 2006, succeeding Paul Tagliabue. Goodell first joined the league as an intern back in 1982.
Goodell’s new deal, which runs through 2024, had been a contentious issue throughout the 2017 season. Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones recently threatened to sue the NFL if the extension is approved before rescinding that threat.
—Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier has been transferred from University of Cincinnati Medical Center to a Pittsburgh hospital for treatment and additional testing on his spinal injury.
Shazier was injured during Monday’s 23-20 win versus Cincinnati while making a tackle on Bengals wide receiver Josh Malone with 11:14 remaining in the first quarter. The 25-year-old Shazier hit Malone low with his shoulder pads, then immediately reached for his back while his legs remained motionless.
The Steelers had hoped Shazier would be able to return to Pittsburgh on Tuesday. His transfer to the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center was pushed back as he remained at University of Cincinnati Medical Center under the care of neurosurgeons David Okonwko and Joseph Cheng.
—Eli Manning is officially back as the New York Giants’ starting quarterback for Sunday’s home game against the Dallas Cowboys.
Interim head coach Steve Spagnuolo announced the decision after the Giants practiced for the first time since the housecleaning firings of head coach Ben McAdoo and general manager Jerry Reese.
The firings on Monday by owner John Mara — less than a week after the benching of Manning for Geno Smith created a backlash from fans — ended a tumultuous week for the 2-10 Giants, who are going through one of the worst seasons in franchise history.
—Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Marcus Peters received a one-game suspension from head coach Andy Reid following his actions against the New York Jets on Sunday, the latest in a series of incidents involving the volatile and competitive Peters in his young career.
Peters received an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty following a defensive holding call against teammate Steven Nelson during an unsuccessful two-point conversion try by the Jets. Peters picked up the official’s flag and threw it into the stands, then walked off the field to the locker room.
Reid said Peters believed officials disqualified him from the game. He later returned to the sideline, but did not re-enter the game.
—Cincinnati Bengals safety George Iloka’s one-game suspension has been overturned following appeal, and he will play in Sunday’s game against the Chicago Bears.
Iloka initially was suspended for one game for making helmet-to-helmet contact while hitting Pittsburgh Steelers receiver Antonio Brown after his game-tying touchdown catch with 3:51 left in the Bengals’ 23-20 loss on Monday night.
Iloka’s appeal was granted by independent arbitrator Derrick Brooks, who is jointly appointed by the NFL and NFL Players Association. The league announced that Iloka will be fined $38,464.50 for the hit on Brown.
—Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson was named NFC Offensive Player of the Week for his three-touchdown performance in Sunday night’s victory over the Philadelphia Eagles.
The NFL also announced that New York Jets quarterback Josh McCown earned the AFC offensive honor Week 13. He scored on a 1-yard quarterback sneak with 2:15 left to lead the Jets over the Kansas City Chiefs 38-31. McCown finished with 331 yards passing and a touchdown, and ran for two scores.
The AFC Defensive Player of the Week went to Baltimore Ravens safety Eric Weddle, who had a pick-six 45-yard interception return and forced a fumble that led to a touchdown in Sunday’s 44-20 win over the Detroit Lions.
Green Bay Packers defensive end Dean Lowry took the NFC defensive award after he grabbed a loose ball in the air and ran 62 yards for a touchdown during the 26-20 overtime victory against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers