Thursday, July 19, 2018
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New 5-year Goodell deal finally approved

The NFL on Wednesday extended the contract of commissioner Roger Goodell for another five years, ending an unusually rancorous months-long standoff with Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, who wanted to derail the deal.

A committee of owners negotiating Goodell’s compensation signed off on a contract worth roughly $200 million over five years, which is in line with his current deal. But unlike his current arrangement, nearly 90 percent will be paid only if a variety of financial targets are met.

The NFL and its commissioner routinely negotiate such matters behind closed doors. But this year, disorder among owners spilled out in public, leading to an extraordinary tit-for-tat of threats of legal action and rebukes.

Chiefs: Cornerback Marcus Peters was suspended by coach Andy Reid for one game for throwing an official’s flag into the stands versus the Raiders on Sunday, stalking off the field, then returning when he realized he hadn’t been ejected.

Giants: Interim coach Steve Spagnuolo named Eli Manning the starting quarterback for Sunday’s game against the Cowboys.

Lions: Quarterback Matthew Stafford, who faces the Bucs on Sunday, covered his banged-up right hand in a huge, white towel while reporters had access to the locker room. The hand was stepped on Sunday at Baltimore. The next day, Stafford had bandages wrapped around his pinkie, ring and middle fingers. X-rays were negative. He wasn’t declared good to go for the Bucs.

Steelers: Linebacker Ryan Shazier was transferred from a Cincinnati hospital to Pittsburgh to continue treatment for a spinal injury suffered Monday against the Bengals. No updates were given on his condition.

Texans: Linebacker Brian Cushing said his 10-game suspension for violating the league’s policy on performance enhancers stemmed from the use of an unapproved prescription to treat a mental issue. He wouldn’t give details.

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