There may be never a dull moment while you assemble the NFL’s 32 owners In the identical room, especially when one among those billionaires is Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones.
During an owners-only session of the annual fall league meeting on Tuesday, Jones got right into a heated exchange with Latest England Patriots owner Robert Kraft over the topic of contract negotiations with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, per ESPN’s Seth Wickersham.
The owners had been preparing to vote over whether to allow their compensation committee to open negotiations on a recent contract for Goodell. Jones was reportedly alone in opposing the measure, leading him to curse out Kraft:
The sources said Kraft joined the overwhelming majority in strong support for the measure, with Jones the lone dissenter within the owners-only session, eventually telling Kraft, “Don’t f— with me.”
Kraft replied, “Excuse me?”
“Don’t mess with me,” Jones said.
The measure eventually passed 31-1, per ESPN, with Jones being the lone “no” vote.
The exchange reflects Jones’ well-known opinion on Goodell. As Yahoo Sports’ Charles Robinson notes, the NFL has enjoyed immense financial success since Goodell took over as commissioner in 2006, but Jones believes Goodell is merely having fun with the fruits of labor from past commissioners and owners (akin to Jones).
The NFL definitely compensates Goodell like he’s a significant reason for its success. In accordance with The Latest York Times, Goodell was paid $128 million combined for the 2019-20 and 2020-21 seasons.
ESPN reports Jones believes the triggers for Goodell’s considerable bonus pool in a recent contract shall be too vague and never connected enough to the league’s financial goals:
“He believes in corporate good governance and desires accountability on the financial goals tied to Roger’s bonus,” said a league source acquainted with Jones’ considering. “He’s sensitive to awarding a giant bonus to Roger before he performs and earns it.” The source added that, previously, Jones has thought Goodell’s financial targets were too “vague.”
On condition that every other owner voted against him, Jones may very well be facing quite a headwind.
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has some thoughts on NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. (Winslow Townson/AP Images for Panini)
NFL owners meeting has been eventful, to say the least
Often, one among the NFL’s strongest owners cursing out one other of its strongest owners over the compensation of its commissioner can be the large story of the owners’ meetings, however it was merely a side story on Tuesday.
Before Jones’ words with Kraft were reported, Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay drew all of the nearby eyeballs by saying there was merit to removing embattled Washington Commanders owner Dan Snyder from the league’s ranks.
Snyder, never a preferred figure within the NFL except amongst his team’s rivals, is currently under investigation for sexual misconduct and has been immersed in scandal for years over workplace misconduct allegations. The situation escalated even further last week when Snyder was reported to have “dirt” against the NFL’s power brokers with a threat of mutually assured destruction.
The Cowboys and Commanders may be rivals, but their owners definitely appear to agree on the message of “don’t f*** with me.”