"If not for Jerry, this deal would be done", a person familiar with the negotiations told ESPN this weekend. Though not one of the three owners who officially joined the three existing owners in May for the purposes of negotiating Commissioner Roger Goodell's extension, committee chairman Arthur Blank has allowed Jones to have a role and a voice in the process of hammering out Goodell's proposed new deal.
Goodell's contract expires in 2019 and many assumed an extension would be in place before the season began.
Roger Goodell's contract with the National Football League expires in 2019, and a report from a month ago indicated the commissioner is close to tacking five more years onto the deal.
The only real news coming out of the ESPN discussion is that a conference call of the Compensation Committee will happen on Wednesday.
While Jones has made it no secret that he is furious about Elliott's suspension, Mortensen and Schefter report that his issue with Goodell's proposed extension is more about how much money the commissioner is making. But league sources say Goodell was informed that Jones, despite not being a member, would take part in the process within the same time frame as the commissioner was deciding the eventual six-game suspension of Cowboys star running back Ezekiel Elliott for violation of the league's domestic violence policy that is now hung up in a court battle.
The increasingly edgy relationship between Jones and Goodell has sharpened to the point where Goodell's long-term future could be in question, according to league sources.
Goodell earned $44 million in 2015.
Some owners believe Goodell's contributions to the NFL's success have been overstated.