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The $200 million man

The NFL - whether you like it, love it or hate it -- is still the best game in town.

And the man in charge of it all just got his newest contract extension.

Roger Goodell has -- finally -- signed a 5-year contract extension to remain the commissioner of the NFL.

Sources report the new contract will be worth $200-million over the life of the contract (which comes to a nice $40-million annually) should the owners approve all the bonuses, and all the incentives are met.

The six members of the NFL compensation committee, which had been granted permission to negotiate the extension, said it supported the signed contract in a letter to NFL owners.

"Our Committee unanimously supports the contract and believes that it is fully consistent with 'market' compensation and the financial and other parameters outlined to the owners at our May 2017 meeting, as well as in the best interests of ownership. We are pleased to report that there is a nearly unanimous consensus among the ownership in favor of signing the contract extension now."

Now it’s worth noting the base salary of the new contract is in the paltry single-digit millions. Yeah the other roughly 85% of the total potential compensation package is from bonuses, which would be subject to ownership approval and validation.

But given the NFL is the best product in the world, the bonuses are really the guaranteed money.

And yes, in spite of what you may be hearing, telling others or believing in your own stubbornness, the NFL is still moving along nicely. 

Are there bumps in the road? Are there issues which need to be resolved? Are there things involved in the day-to-day process which test your passion?

Of course there are.

Welcome to being involved in any relationship.

Wire services contributed to this report

Volunteers (finally) get their man

The University of Tennessee is expected to formally announce that Jeremy Pruitt will be the new head football coach.

Pruitt, currently the defensive coordinator of the Alabama Crimson Tide is expected to sign a contract and be introduced to the media today.

It is expected that Pruitt will continue with Alabama through the college football playoffs while also serving double duty as coach of the Volunteers, working on recruiting efforts and putting together his staff. 

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Saints vs. Falcons tonight on Thursday Night Football

If you've not yet had the chance to watch Alvin Kamara play, tonight would be a good chance to change that.

The New Orleans Saints star rookie running back has been one of the many reasons the Saints are sitting atop the NFC South.

Kamara, a third-round draft pick from the University of Tennessee, leads all NFL rookies with 11 touchdowns (7 rushing, 4 receiving) and is one of only four running backs in league history with more than 600 yards rushing and receiving in their rookie season.

The Saints face the Atlanta Falcons square off tonight on Thursday Night Football, and you can hear all the action at FOX AM1340/93.9FM. 

Where is the outrage?

So all is right with the world in New York again, right?

Eli Manning will be back under center this weekend when the New York Giants host the Dallas Cowboys, and Geno Smith goes back to being relegated to the backup role.

Just like always...

Except, it's not like always.

Not even close.

Last weekend, in Smith's first start for the Giants, he went 21-of-34 passing for 212 yards and a touchdown. He did fumble twice in scoring position in a 24-17 loss on the road against the Oakland Raiders. 

No, it wasn't the best performance by a starting quarterback, but I'd argue that even under optimal conditions, the expectations for a first-time starter would be hard to achieve.

Given the circumstances by which Smith found himself in that position, the outcome wasn't really that much different than what we've seen from Manning in what's been a disastrous season.

Smith told reporters yesterday he was upset by the decision by interim coach Steve Spagnuolo to return Manning to the starter's spot.

"Any competitor wouldn't be (happy) to be put in that situation where you get a chance to play, and then you are being pulled. But it's not because you played bad. So it is, you are trying to figure out why. You have to understand things happen in this business and you got to roll with it."

You know what? He's right.

But I won't be holding my breath for the Philip Rivers "pathetic" callouts. I won't be waiting with bated breath for Ben Roethlisberger, Matt Ryan or Alex Smith to explain how disappointed they are for poor Geno.

Hey, it's a wacky business.


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