Roger Goodell is going to be very well compensated for the next several years, as the NFL commissioner inked a nine-figure contract extension this week to remain in the role. While that would have qualified as big news regardless of context, Goodell’s new deal made even more headlines as a result of his beef with Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and all kinds of buzz about the powerful owner’s desire to block extension talks.
As a result, Jones’ reaction to the news was something to be closely monitored and it arrived during a regular radio appearance on 105.3 The Fan in Dallas. Jon Machota of the Dallas Morning News brings word of Jones’ response to a question asking for his comment on the news.
“No, I don’t really. We’re having a very important [owners] meeting here in Dallas next week beginning Wednesday. That’s very meaningful. I’m looking forward to that. That’ll be very meaningful as we go forward.
“One of the things that I think that has been mentioned is any role that I might have had in the extension of Roger. As you know, I’ve been on both ends of it as far as any criticism. It’s been my experience in 30 years in the NFL that to make change and to make positive change — every time we all strive to make the NFL better, I include every owner with that — it’s hard. It’s very, very hard.
“If you really want to make some changes, you usually end up getting a lot of criticism along the way. It’s happened every time with me when we’ve had meaningful change. … We’ll see how it goes forward, but there’s nothing that has surprised me here.”
This is certainly an elaborate way to “no comment” from Jones and one that doesn’t necessarily outline his true feelings. Still, it appears he is ready to move on and there is no way around that as an outcome.