In a conference call Monday, the NFL's Compensation Committee will discuss - and potentially decide on - the proposed contract extension for Goodell, ESPN's Adam Schefter and Chris Mortensen reported Sunday, citing sources. The last written counterproposal from Goodell, which was around the first of August, was seeking about $50 million per year, as well as the lifetime use of a private jet and lifetime health insurance for his family, according to a source familiar with the negotiations. There appears to be some controversy surrounding the validity of the report, though. The latest installment involves an outlandish-looking contract proposal from the NFL commissioner, and a direct shot from the league office at two of the sport's most prolific reporters.
"That number for Roger just seems too much", one owner told the website. "It's offensive. It's unseemly". Goodell right now makes about $30 million per year and has made more than $200 in his career as commissioner.
According to the ESPN report, Jones said that the league is in a state of "upheaval" under an "avalanche of issues that have beleaguered the NFL unlike any other time in recent memory". It's a sentiment that Jones does not share, still feeling Goodell would go from wildly overpaid to merely very overpaid. Several league sources noted, however, that Jones was allowed to participate in some of the functions of that committee, despite not being formally named to it, back in the spring and summer, precisely because of his support of Goodell and his ability to move things along as an influential owner. "He can stand to show some humility, but he won't listen to staff".
Owners also feel that Goodell will not walk away and that he will not take less money.
While Goodell has been the National Football League commissioner for over a decade, he may not get a contract extension by the National Football League owners.
"The problem is, no one is talking about games anymore", one owner told ESPN this weekend.
Goodell will be the commissioner the next 18 months, so those in Jones' camp believe there is no reason to rush the extension.