"I don't have any thoughts", Brady said on WEEI on Monday, when informed of Goodell's impending new contract.
A former NFL intern, Goodell worked his way up through the ranks at the league office and in 2006 replaced the retiring Paul Tagliabue as commissioner.
The agreement contains similar terms to Goodell's current deal in terms of compensation, with a multi-million dollar base salary and bonus awarded by the league's 32 owners, according to Sports Business Journal reporter Daniel Kaplan. Unspecified issues have impeded a final agreement, though the contract is "likely to be completed", ESPN reported.More news: Broncos coach Vance Joseph: Trevor Siemian is our quarterback
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A committee chaired by Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank has had ongoing discussions about a new contract for Goodell since the league meetings in May, a league source told ESPN's Adam Schefter. Of course, we'd imagine the 40-year-old QB has many private opinions about the commish - it was Goodell, after all, who initially punished Brady for his role in Deflategate and invoked Article 46 to help ensure his four-game suspension stood. One issue Smith says he will be focused on is Goodell's authority in disciplining players.
Goodell has been criticized for his handling of the Ray Rice domestic violence case and several other instances where players were accused of assaulting women. That goes a long way in explaining why the commissioner is close to a contract extension.