Roger Goodell has joined one of the most exclusive clubs in sports and the others are all athletes

Maddie Meyer/Getty

While the negotiation process featured some drama, the deal is finally done: NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has signed a contract extension with the league.

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Goodell will receive $US40 million a year over five years if he gets all his bonuses and earns all his incentives. That means the contract puts Goodell in an exclusive group in sports – the $US200 million contract club.

It’s a shocking sum for a league official. The others who have cleared the $US200 million mark in sports are all athletes, including some of the greatest players active today.

Below, find out more about the stars in the $US200 million contract club, of which Goodell is now a member.

Steph Curry

Rob Carr/Getty

Team: Golden State Warriors

Position: Point guard

Contract: 5 years, $US201.2 million

One thing to know: This Davidson product was no sure thing when he was drafted, but as the NBA rapidly transformed into a league of sharpshooters, Curry blossomed into the face of one of the most dominant teams ever. He won back-to-back MVP Awards in 2015 and 2016, becoming the first point guard to pull that off since Steve Nash.

Russell Westbrook

Ezra Shaw/Getty

Team: Oklahoma City Thunder

Position: Point guard

Contract: 5 years, $US205 million

One thing to know: Westbrook’s extension came on the heels of a season for the ages, in which he broke Oscar Robertson’s 55-year-old record for most triple-doubles in a season. The historic campaign was his first without Kevin Durant as a teammate, solidifying his place as the face of the Thunder.

Zack Greinke

Jennifer Stewart/Getty

Team: Arizona Diamondbacks

Position: Right-handed pitcher

Contract: 6 years, $US206.5 million

One thing to know: While Greinke struggled in his first year in the desert, he more than earned his hefty salary in 2017, posting a 3.20 ERA and 215 strikeouts while helping the Diamondbacks to their first playoff appearance since 2011. Signed for the next four years, he’ll have job security as he continues his climb toward Cooperstown.

Max Scherzer

Win McNamee/Getty

Team: Washington Nationals

Position: Right-handed pitcher

Contract: 7 years, $US210 million

One thing to know: The Detroit Tigers offered Scherzer a $US144 million extension prior to the 2014 season, but he chose to bet on himself and rejected it, shocking baseball insiders in the process. Three years later, it’s the Missouri native who’s having the last laugh – he earned a significantly higher payday that winter, and he has won two Cy Youngs Awards since.

Prince Fielder

Adam Glanzman/Getty

Team: None (retired)

Position: First baseman

Contract: 9 years, $US214 million

One thing to know: Fielder was one of the game’s most prolific power hitters for a number of years, but his play started to slip during the 2013 season, just the second year of his massive contract. That offseason, he was traded to the Texas Rangers, for whom he slashed .269/.350/.410 before hanging up his cleats in 2016 due to a series of neck injuries. He put up 7 WAR over the course of the deal, good for a rate of over $US30 million per Win Above Replacement.

Clayton Kershaw

Christian Petersen/Getty

Team: Los Angeles Dodgers

Position: Left-handed pitcher

Contract: 7 years, $US215 million

One thing to know: There are other worthy claimants to the throne, but Kershaw is still generally regarded as the best pitcher in baseball. Despite that, the Texan hasn’t earned Cy Young honours since 2014, when he posted a 1.77 ERA and a ludicrous 0.857 WHIP to sail to a unanimous win. He also took home the MVP Award.

David Price

Maddie Meyer/Getty

Team: Boston Red Sox

Position: Left-handed pitcher

Contract: 7 years, $US217 million

One thing to know: Just two years into his deal, Price has already had a rocky tenure in the city of Boston, complete with strangely flat pitching performances and high-profile spats with local media members. He has an opt-out clause that kicks in after 2018 season, and while he almost certainly wouldn’t be able to improve on the $US127 million guaranteed with the back end of his current contract, he might consider leaving town just for the change of scenery.

Joey Votto

Jonathan Daniel/Getty

Team: Cincinnati Reds

Position: First baseman

Contract: 10 years, $US225 million

One thing to know: Votto and Cincinnati are clearly a good fit for each other, so it wasn’t too surprising when the five-time All-Star agreed to extend his stay through at least the 2023 season. The only downside is that one of the greatest players of this generation is being wasted in meaningless games – the Reds haven’t had a winning season in four years.

James Harden

Christian Petersen/Getty

Team: Houston Rockets

Position: Guard

Contract: 6 years, $US228 million

One thing to know: Harden, a natural shooting guard, was asked to play the point during the 2016-17 season, and he responded by having the best campaign of his career, leading the league with 11.2 assists per game. Incredibly, he may be playing even better this year, so it’s no surprise that he’s the current Vegas favourite to win MVP honours, per Bovada.

Albert Pujols

Sean M. Haffey/Getty

Team: Los Angeles Angels

Position: First baseman/DH

Contract: 10 years, $US240 million

One thing to know: This contract was doomed from the moment it was signed, but that hasn’t made Pujols’ inevitable decline any less painful to watch. The three-time National League MVP headed to California after a historic career in St. Louis, and while he has hit 169 home runs since, his rate stats and fielding numbers are way down. The bottom finally fell out in 2017, as he posted a .241/.286/.386 slash line and -1.8 WAR.

Robinson Cano

Tom Pennington/Getty

Team: Seattle Mariners

Position: Second baseman

Contract: 10 years, $US240 million

One thing to know: When Cano left the Yankees for a bigger payday in Seattle, his critics attacked him for going to a team where he would be less likely to win a World Series. Four years later, it looks like they were right – while the Yankees are flush with young assets and could be on the verge of another dynasty, the Mariners are suffering through the longest playoff drought of any MLB team.

Miguel Cabrera

Jonathan Daniel/Getty

Team: Detroit Tigers

Position: First baseman

Contract: 8 years, $US248 million

One thing to know: From 2010 through 2016, Cabrera’s OPS+ never slipped below 150. It was a different story this past season, in which he hit a weak .249/.329/.399 in 529 plate appearances as the Tigers plummeted to 64-98. His place in the Hall of Fame seems assured at this point, but a comeback in 2018 would still be fun to see.


Catherine Ivill/Getty

Team: Paris Saint-Germain

Position: Forward

Contract: 5 years, $US270 million

One thing to know: Paris Saint-Germain paid a $US262 million transfer fee this past summer to pry Neymar from Barcelona, more than double the old record. He has been worth the money so far, scoring 15 goals and assisting on 9 more in 18 games.

Alex Rodriguez

Christopher Pasatieri/Getty

Team: None (retired)

Position: Third baseman

Contracts: 10 years, $US252 million and 10 years, $US275 million

One thing to know: Rodriguez is the only athlete in history to sign multiple contracts worth $US200 million or more, a testament to his talent and longevity as well as to the agent Scott Boras’ negotiating skills. He didn’t finish out either deal, opting out of the first one after the 2007 season and retiring from baseball a year before the second one was up.

Giancarlo Stanton

Mike Ehrmann/Getty

Team: Miami Marlins

Position: Right fielder

Contract: 13 years, $US325 million

One thing to know: Even taking his amazing production and breathtaking home runs into account, the normally cost-conscious Marlins’ reasons for signing Stanton to such a gargantuan deal remain mysterious. Sure enough, new team owner Derek Jeter seems to have made trading the reigning National League MVP a top priority in his first offseason at the helm.

Business Insider Emails & Alerts

Site highlights each day to your inbox.

Follow Business Insider Australia on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram.