Report: Jerry Jones No Longer Plans to Sue NFL Over Roger Goodell Contract
Talk about a deflation.
Jerry Jones is backing down from his threats to sue the NFL if Roger Goodell’s contract is extended, reports USA Today’s Jarrett Bell.
Jones was supposedly ready to break from his fellow owners to try and rein in Goodell’s new salary that could reach $50 million a year. ESPN has reported that Goodell is also asking for a private plane and health care for life, which NFL spokesman Joe Lockhart has denied.
Most thought Jones’s initial blocking of Goodell was the result of fury over the Ezekiel Elliott case. An explosive ESPN report released last Friday, depicting Jones vs. the NFL as “war,” details how the Cowboys owner believed he has assurances from Goodell that Elliott would not be suspended.
But Jones told Bell that his issue with Goodell’s contract is that it is a six-person compensation committee and not the entire ownership group that decides the commissioner’s paycheck.
“This is not about replacing Roger,” Jones said. “It’s a misnomer to say it’s payback for Ezekiel Elliott. It is about the accountability of the commissioner to all of the ownership.”
Various reports suggest Goodell’s contract will officially be extended in the next week.