Commissioner Roger Goodell is on track to maintain his prominent place at the table for the next round of collective bargaining between NFL owners and players, a process that's sure to be contentious.
The league reportedly is working on a five-year contract extension for Goodell. Sports Business Journal first reported the contract negotiations.
Goodell's contract is up after the 2019 season. The new deal would go through 2024. The collective bargaining agreement expires after the 2020 season.
Goodell replaced Paul Tagliabue as commissioner in 2006. He earned just over $31 million for the 2015 season, down from about $34 million in 2014.
Because the league office is no longer classified as a tax-exempt organization, the commissioner's salary is no longer required to be made public through tax filings. In 2013, he made $35 million. In 2012, he collected $44.2 million.
Though TV ratings were down 8 percent last year and concerns about concussions have not subsided , NFL revenues have been steadily on the rise during Goodell's tenure, $13 billion at last report. New stadiums, with significant public contributions, have continued to open across the league.
Siemian to start
Trevor Siemian was named the Broncos' starting quarterback after beating out Paxton Lynch. Siemian, a 2015 seventh-round draft pick out of Northwestern who won the starting job last year when he beat out veteran Mark Sanchez, quickly surged ahead of Lynch, a first-rounder in 2016 from Memphis, when training camp opened.
Boldin sees new priorities
A deadly, racially charged conflict in Charlottesville, Va., caused Anquan Boldin to re-assess his priorities and led to the Bills receiver's decision to retire after 14 NFL seasons.
Boldin said he's "uncomfortable" with how divided the nation is and wants to dedicate his entire focus to humanitarian and criminal justice causes.
"I always felt like football would be my passion, football would be the path to a lot of things," Boldin said. "But just seeing the things that transpired over the last week or so, I think for me, there's something bigger than football at this point."
... New York wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. suffered a lower leg injury -- on a questionable hit for an exhibition — that the Giants are hoping isn't serious during their 10-6 loss to the Browns on Monday night. Beckham caught an 18-yard pass from Eli Manning and was undercut by cornerback Briean Boddy-Calhoun, who drove his shoulder and helmet into the receiver's left leg. Beckham was upset by what he thought was an unnecessary shot for a preseason game and glared at Boddy-Calhoun as he limped off the field. The Giants (0-2) said Beckham only suffered a sprain, but the team will have further tests conducted Monday.
... The Packers signed former University of Miami nose tackle Calvin Heurtelou, who originally signed with the Broncos as an undrafted free agent in May 2016 but was released last August.
around the horn
College football: Sophomore Tyler Huntley will be Utah's starting quarterback after beating out returning starter Troy Williams. Utah opens the season on Aug. 31 by hosting North Dakota. ... Kyle Bolin won the starting quarterback job at Rutgers.
NHL: Defenseman Francois Beauchemin returned to the Ducks for a third stint, agreeing to a one-year contract.
WNBA: Indiana guard Briann January will miss the final two weeks of the WNBA season because of a knee injury.
Tennis: Victoria Azarenka says she won't play in the U.S. Open because of a custody dispute with her infant son's father.