The 32 NFL owners had reached an almost unanimous decision to begin contract negotiations for commissioner Roger Goodell, but the only dissenter was Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones.
According to ESPN, the vote was 31-1 and everyone agreed except for Jones. New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, like everyone else, supported Goodell’s contract negotiations, and that didn’t make the Cowboys owner very happy.
He reportedly said to Kraft:
“Don’t fuck with me. Do not mess with me.”
There appears to be quite a bit of vitriol from the owner opposite Goodell. Regardless, this isn’t the first time Jones has disagreed with a new compensation for the NFL commissioner.
In 2017, the owner disagreed with his contract and wanted a largely goal-based compensation plan. Instead of being paid a salary, Goodell would have to earn his money by doing a good job in the league.
Committees made up of NFL team owners would determine whether or not he met the goals and thus how much and whether or not he was paid for it.
According to ESPN, a source said the Cowboys’ owner is really reluctant to give Goodell any money until he’s earned it:
“He believes in good corporate governance and wants accountability for the financial goals associated with Rogers Bonus. He is sensitive to giving Roger a big bonus before he performs and deserves it.”
Goodell reportedly doesn’t want to be commissioner forever, but almost everyone involved doesn’t want him to go just yet, and that includes the commissioner himself.
Why did Jerry Jones attack Robert Kraft?
The same source, who took a look at why Jones disagreed with Goodell’s compensation, also said they didn’t believe the outburst against Kraft was personal.
There doesn’t appear to be any ongoing animosity between two of the league’s most prominent owners.
It’s unclear why he chose Kraft when there were 30 other owners who also voted in favor.
However, it is clear that things are tense. The Cowboys owner has just been accused of sexual assault in a lengthy lawsuit, and the situation with Washington Commanders owner Dan Snyder continues to escalate.
Snyder reportedly has grime on NFL owners, including Jones, and the lawsuit came out after Snyder made the allegation.
Whether or not the lawsuit, Snyder’s potential removal, and the new compensation for Goodell are related, the Cowboys’ owner seems quite stressed.
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