Jones takes 'gentleman' approach to Goodell's contract, wins other battles

Lynette Rowe
December 14, 2017

Roger Goodell will remain the league's NFL commissioner, but with the job comes several tough questions he attempted to answer Wednesday. It was their way of preventing Jones from killing the deal at Wednesday's owners meetings. And we can't be certain that Jones will continue his interference of Goodell, given that the Cowboys owner at least was partially kind and deflective to the commissioner.

"He was fine. He was a Texas gentleman", Irsay said during a break.

"I don't know that there's a rift going forward", Blank said.

And while Jones didn't get his way, he did get to walk away with some feelings of accomplishment over how the commissioner's contract will be handled going forward. "Under this contract, about 90 percent of it was based on performance".

When the Cowboys and Falcons played last month in Atlanta, the respective owners skipped their customary pre-game talk on the field.

Jones has been a vocal advocate of delaying Goodell's extension, complaining about the high price tag of the deal and his view that there has been a lack of transparency by Blank in negotiating it. In the memo, the Compensation Committee stated the contract "has been signed by the Commissioner and by [Falcons owner] Arthur Blank, on behalf of the League entities".

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The Atlanta owner said Jones didn't have a role in an increase in the part of Goodell's contract that isn't guaranteed, but that Jones did have input on possible changes to how the committee is put together.

Jones and Blank shook hands and made some peace on Wednesday, which is significant considering the Falcons owner admittedly went out of his way not to exchange pleasantries with his counterpart before a game between the two teams in Atlanta on November 12. "I respect that, I respect Jerry, I respect everyone else in that room". "I spoke to him. on the phone about a week and a half ago". The commissioner was a great listener and responded and was very supportive of doing not only the right thing for himself personally and his position, but thinking about the league, thinking about what owners are expressing. I think that makes us stronger.

"We were not necessarily connected totally on how this process should have been handled". "I think that Jerry, he loves the league, he loves the Cowboys, he's very passionate about issues that he cares deeply about, which is great". "I think the challenges are different".

A person familiar with the contract told The Associated Press it is worth nearly $200 million, with a base of $40 million.

Goodell will have the use of the NFL's private jet service at the company's corporate rate after he retires, but it will be at his expense, just as it now when he uses the service for personal use. Elliott was never charged or arrested in the case.

Jones has denied that the suspension was the impetus for his objections over Goodell's contract.

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