Commissioner Roger Goodell views his recent contract extension through 2024 as his final new deal with the NFL, league spokesman Joe Lockhart said on Wednesday.
Lockhart formally announced the contract extension during the NFL’s winter meetings in Dallas, though the NFL’s compensation committee finalized the deal last week. The five-year agreement, which begins after his current deal ends in 2019, will allow Goodell to oversee negotiations on a new collective-bargaining agreement with the NFL players union when the current terms expire in 2021.
“The commissioner I think has been clear that he views this as his last contract and will allow him to deal with some of the important issues that we know are on the horizon,” Lockhart said during NFL owner meetings in Dallas, according to the Associated Press.
Goodell will help the NFL identify a potential successor for his role as commissioner throughout the contract term, Lockhart said. He has earned more than $200 million since assuming the role in 2006.