Not every NFL owner is against Roger Goodell but Dallas Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones took his beef to a new level by reportedly threatening a lawsuit to block any contract extension for the embattled commissioner. With that as the backdrop, Don Van Natta Jr. and Seth Wickersham of ESPN wrote extensively about Goodell’s compensation and the weird position the league is in right now, including a bombshell with regard to Goodell’s mental state about the group of owners standing against him.
In short, the small group wants Goodell to operate under a contract that is less than fully guaranteed and the commissioner isn’t pleased.
A person who spoke recently with Goodell said the commissioner is “furious” about Jones’ and other owners’ insistence that his next contract’s compensation should be more performance-based, including incentives that would allow him to be paid at roughly the same level of his current deal. “He feels as if the owners have made a lot of money and he should be compensated accordingly,” the source said. “The incentives thing really angers him.”
The report indicates that Jones is in the center of a group that includes “four or five owners” standing against Goodell’s continued employment in the role, with more owners not exactly opposed to Goodell being shown the door in the near future. Of course, things like this can change in a hurry but it makes perfect sense that Goodell wouldn’t be thrilled with the prospect of doing the same job for less, especially without full working knowledge of just how much he’ll be paid annually.
This scuffle doesn’t appear close to the finish line but, with Jerry Jones on one side and Roger Goodell on the other, it remains quite interesting.