17 September, 2017
National Football League owners selected a compensation committee of six of their peers to negotiate Goodell's contract, and Jones is not one of the six.
Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has impeded the process of finalizing Goodell's new deal, which would extend his stay through 2024. Jones will be included on the call, sources said.
Goodell's contract expires in 2019 and many assumed an extension would be in place before the season began.
Previously, Jones has denied he was a member of the NFL's compensation committee.
It would be easy, but wrong, to view this as Jones being vindictive about the NFL's ongoing legal battle against Cowboys star Ezekiel Elliott. It's believed Jones is operating as a seventh voice on the committee, standing for the 26 owners not represented on the committee and reportedly believes the commissioner should take a pay cut.
The compensation committee includes Giants owner John Mara, Robert Kraft of the Patriots (who also has a strained relationship with the commish over Deflategate), Arthur Blank of the Falcons, Clark Hunt of the Chiefs, Bob McNair of the Texans and Art Rooney of the Steelers.
Jones reportedly is upset with how much money Goodell makes and feels like his next contract should be dramatically restructured to keep him from having years like 2015 when he made $44 million thanks to a new broadcast deal for the league.
"Jerry's not saying, 'Don't hire Roger.' He's saying, 'I hate this (proposed) deal, redo it, '" said one source."And he believes this thing needs a lot of discussion before they just give him a contract, it's got to be a big reduction, he's made over $200 million since he became commissioner in 2006".
Jones was unavailable for comment.