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Saints News 2/15/13: NFL Paid Roger Goodell Nearly $30 Million in 2011

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Big raise from $1 RT @<a href="https://twitter.com/dkaplansbj">dkaplansbj</a> NFL paid RogerGoodell $29.49M in 2011, nearly tripling his pay, according to tax return to be filed today</p>&mdash; Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) <a href="https://twitter.com/AlbertBreer/status/302509579655344128">February 15, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>What was his bonus for framing the Saints? MT @<a href="https://twitter.com/dkaplansbj">dkaplansbj</a>: NFL paid Roger Goodell $29.49 million in 2011, nearly tripling his pay.</p>&mdash; Reid G. (@ReidG75) <a href="https://twitter.com/ReidG75/status/302511634537132032">February 15, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>@<a href="https://twitter.com/angrywhodat">angrywhodat</a> @<a href="https://twitter.com/reidg75">reidg75</a> It's almost as if Roger collected one hell of a bounty. Did Jerrah hold up 3 mildo stacks at the meeting?</p>&mdash; Grandmaster Wang (@moosedenied) <a href="https://twitter.com/moosedenied/status/302512515651342336">February 15, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>BREAKING NEWS:NFL paid Roger Goodell $29.49 million in 2011, nearly tripling his pay, according to tax return to be filed later today...</p>&mdash; daniel kaplan (@dkaplanSBJ) <a href="https://twitter.com/dkaplanSBJ/status/302509084626780161">February 15, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>...Goodell rewarded for new CBA, TV contracts. Most of comp was $22.3 mln bonus. Pay going forward will now be largely incentive-based....</p>&mdash; daniel kaplan (@dkaplanSBJ) <a href="https://twitter.com/dkaplanSBJ/status/302509384351756288">February 15, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Salary cap spike not expected this year, or any year <a href="http://t.co/OGK563FL" title="http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/02/15/salary-cap-spike-not-expected-this-year-or-any-year/">profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/02/15/sal…</a> via @<a href="https://twitter.com/profootballtalk">profootballtalk</a>....thanks union leaders [sarcastic voice}</p>&mdash; Scott Shanle (@scottshanle) <a href="https://twitter.com/scottshanle/status/302494489023492096">February 15, 2013</a></blockquote>

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Now even ProFootballTalk is referring to him as "Goddell."

Report: Goodell made nearly $30 million in 2011 | ProFootballTalk
Goddell’s $29.49 million includes a $22.3 million bonus. He earned $11.6 million in 2010, before he brokered a 10-year labor deal (after a lockout) and new television contracts.

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Who dat talkin' 'bout dem Saints?

Saints create some cap room by restructuring Lofton deal | ProFootballTalk
The Saints created $4 million worth of 2013 room by turning a $5 million roster bonus into a signing bonus which can be prorated for accounting purposes.

New Orleans Saints LB Curtis Lofton restructures his contract | NOLA.com
The Saints could potentially free up another $12 million on the cap by restructuring the contracts of quarterback Drew Brees ($17.4 million) and Evans ($9.8 million) to convert their base salaries into guaranteed bonuses. Also, both Smith ($14.6 million) and Vilma ($8.5) seem like prime candidates to either be approached to restructure or have their contracts terminated.

Michigan State OC Dan Roushar to Interview With New Orleans Saints
Roushar was scheduled to interview with the Saints today for the job and contrary to a normal situation, many Spartan fans may be rejoicing at this opportunity to find a new offensive coordinator.

No talks between Saints, Jimmy Graham | ProFootballTalk
Last year, two of the premier tight ends from the 2010 draft got long-term deals. Neither is named Jimmy Graham. For now, it looks like Graham won't be getting a new deal this year, either. Per a league source, the Saints and Graham currently are not talking.

Jimmy Graham needs big season in 2013 to get big money in 2014
The New Orleans Saints aren't willing to pay Jimmy Graham big money until he proves in 2013 that he can put his drops behind him.

Saints Nation: Five Free Agents the Saints Could Target

LaDainian Tomlinson Says Drew Brees and Darren Sproles Share the Same Relentless Work Ethic
NFL Network Analyst LaDainian Tomlinson was teammates with Drew Brees and Darren Sproles in San Diego

No talks between Saints, Jimmy Graham | ProFootballTalk
Last year, two of the premier tight ends from the 2010 draft got long-term deals. Neither is named Jimmy Graham. For now, it looks like Graham won't be getting a new deal this year, either. Per a league source, the Saints and Graham currently are not talking.

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Other NFL News

Outside expert hired to probe Super Bowl outage - NFL News | FOX Sports on MSN
Entergy has said it believes the outage was caused by an electrical relay device it installed specially to prevent a power failure at the dome. But a company official said it was looking into whether the device had a design flaw or a manufacturing defect.

St. Louis Rams hire Tim Walton as new defensive coordinator - NFL News | FOX Sports on MSN
The St. Louis Rams have hired Tim Walton as defensive coordinator, a position they did not fill last season after Gregg Williams was suspended for his role in the Saints' bounty scandal.

Salary cap spike not expected this year, or any year | ProFootballTalk
Per a source with extensive knowledge of the design and implementation of the cap, the formula will experience a "smoothing" in the coming years, with no one year resulting in a dramatic leap. The thinking is that, if the cap shoots up dramatically from one year to the next, it won’t be fair to the players who signed a big contract in the year in which the cap was lower.

Jeff Fisher: Titus Young is better suited for another organization | ProFootballTalk
Although he showed flashes of talent with the Lions, Young proved to be more trouble than he was worth. Penalties and talk that he wasn’t working enough in practice plagued his rookie season, and in his second year with the team he stepped up his trouble-making by sucker-punching teammate Louis Delmas in practice, and by purposely lining up in the wrong spot on the field to protest his belief that the Lions were throwing too many passes to Calvin Johnson and not enough to Young.

Chip Kelly thinks Oregon assistants necessary for installing his system | ProFootballTalk
Eagles coach Chip Kelly wants his team to practice the same way they play, which will mean a pace that most NFL teams aren't used to keeping during their workouts. Kelly doesn't want that to become a problem in his first season in the NFL, so he brought five assistants with him from Oregon.

Agent says Packers "getting ready" to release Woodson | ProFootballTalk
It looks like Charles Woodson's run with the Packers is about to come to an end. There's been a lot of speculation about what kind of future Woodson has in Green Bay at the age of 37 with a contract set to pay him $10 million in salary and bonuses in 2013.

Lucas Oil Stadium lands on Google Maps | ProFootballTalk
"The Colts organization is honored to have Lucas Oil Stadium selected by Google Maps to be the first sports venue featured in a 360-degree interactive photo tour," Colts COO Pete Ward said. "This imagery gives us the opportunity to share our home, an award winning state-of-the-art facility, with Colts fans around the world."

Michael Vick Not Sure He's Got Another 4-12 Season In Him | The Onion - America's Finest News Source
"Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m going to play my hardest in hopes of reaching six or seven wins, but after being in the league for as long as I have, you begin to realize what’s possible and what’s not." In the wake of Vick’s comments, second-year backup quarterback Nick Foles said that if the situation arises, he’s more than ready to step in for any number of hard-fought losses.

All 32 NFL Teams Eagerly Lining Up For Chance To Sign Randy Moss, Reports Randy Moss | The Onion - America's Finest News Source
"After leading the 49ers to the Super Bowl with yet another stellar season, Randy Moss is going to be the hottest free agent pickup of 2013," said Moss, adding that the San Francisco front office will do their utmost to re-sign the 35-year-old wideout, but will face incredibly stiff competition from the other 31 NFL franchises.

Chicago Bears news: Aaron Kromer sizing up Bears' offensive line assets - chicagotribune.com
New Chicago Bears offensive coordinator and offensive line coach Aaron Kromer said Thursday it¿s essential that he find a way to tailor his schemes to the strengths of the team's players.