Roger Goodell's salary nearly tripled in 2011

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Commissioner Roger Goodell was paid $29.49 million by NFL owners in 2011, nearly triple his compensation from the previous year.

According to the league’s most recent tax return, most of Goodell’s pay comes in the form of a $22.3 million bonus. His base pay was $3.1 million. The NFL was scheduled to file the return Friday.

In 2011, Goodell helped the league reach a new 10-year labor deal and work out lucrative TV contracts.

Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank issued a statement calling the NFL the “most successful and best-managed sports league in the world,” and it “is in no small part due to Roger’s leadership.” He added that Goodell’s “compensation reflects that.”

Goodell earned $11.6 million in 2010.

PACKERS: Charles Woodson is on the market.

Green Bay released the 36-year-old defensive back Friday with two years left on his contract.

The Packers clear about $10 million in cap space by releasing Woodson. Carl Poston, Woodson’s agent, said the veteran wasn’t done yet.

VIKINGS: Have no intention of trading wide receiver Percy Harvin, general manager Rick Spielman said.

Spielman refused to comment specifically on Harvin’s contract situation, citing his usual policy about any Vikings player or coach.

COLTS: Will not re-sign former league sacks champion Dwight Freeney or oft-injured receiver Austin Collie. They will become unrestricted free agents.

RAMS: Titus Young’s stay with the team was brief. The wide receiver was placed on waivers after only a few days in St. Louis.

Coach Jeff Fisher said the Rams picked up Young before they had much time to do any background checks. He said Young was “not the best option” for the Rams.

Young was banished three times by the Lions last year because of his behavior.

• St. Louis hired Tim Walton as defensive coordinator.

OBITUARY: Jack Eskridge, the man credited with designing the famed blue star logo of the Dallas Cowboys, has died. He was 89.


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