NFL NOTEBOOK: Jets GM: Big contract for Sanchez cost me my job

Mark Sanchez posted the second-worst QB rating in the NFL last year to go along with a staggering 26 turnovers.

Mark Sanchez posted the second-worst QB rating in the NFL last year to go along with a staggering 26 turnovers.

In hindsight, former New York Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum regrets signing quarterback Mark Sanchez to the contract extension that ultimately cost him his job.

Thinking he was the team’s franchise QB, the team offered Mark Sanchez an extension that made his contract worth more than $58 million over five years. Sanchez followed with one of the worst seasons in the NFL last year.

“I don’t think I would have signed a quarterback to an extension knowing that he’d have 26 turnovers,” Tannenbaum told NFL AM. “That might be one of the reasons I’m right sitting here with you guys.”

Sanchez threw for 2,883 yards, 13 touchdowns, and 26 interceptions, earning a QB rating of 66.9, barely ahead of Matt Cassel (66.7) for second-worst in the league.

Tannenbaum said the contract largely came as a result of Sanchez’s road playoff wins in previous seasons.

“(Sanchez) was a young guy, football’s important to him, and we came up with a deal at the time that we thought was good for both sides,” Tannenbaum said. “Obviously, he didn’t play as well this year, we didn’t coach as well this year, we didn’t get him as good players this year. But if we’re sitting here a year or two from now, I still think Mark’s going to be a good, credible quarterback in the NFL.”

GOODELL SALARY SKYROCKETS TO $30M: NFL commissioner Roger Goodell made nearly $30 million in 2011, according to a Sports Business Daily report.

His earnings nearly tripled from 2010 largely due to a $22.3 million bonus paid in 2011 as part of his compensation structure tied to job performance. The generous bonus apparently was the result of his negotiating work on a new 10-year labor deal and television contracts.

The 2011 figure, taken from the league’s tax return that was to be filed Friday, likely makes Goodell the highest-paid commissioner in professional sports. It’s believed that the NBA’s David Stern and Major League Baseball’s Bud Selig are paid in the mid-$20 million range.

“The NFL is the most successful and best-managed sports league in the world,” said Arthur Blank, Atlanta Falcons owner and compensation committee chair. “This is in no small part due to Roger’s leadership and the value he brings to the table in every facet of the sport and business of the league.”

PACKERS CUT VETERAN DB WOODSON: Green Bay defensive back Charles Woodson was released Friday after spending seven years with the Packers.

Woodson, 36, won the NFL’s Defensive Player of the Year award in 2009 and was All-Pro twice during his time with the Packers.

Woodson set franchise records for defensive touchdowns and interceptions returned for TDs, and his 38 interceptions rank fourth in franchise history.