Falcons Owner Arthur Blank Says Compensation Committee Is Finalizing Roger Goodell's Extension

Lawrence Cooper
November 14, 2017

Jones has taken issue with the discretionary bonuses, which appear as incentives but have been presented to Goodell as a near certainty without the knowledge of the other owners, according to ESPN.

The terms of Goodell's deal are being considered by a compensation committee comprising six owners: Arthur Blank of the Falcons, Clark Hunt of the Chiefs, Robert K. Kraft of the Patriots, John Mara of the Giants, Bob McNair of the Texans and Art Rooney of the Steelers.

Goodell then proposed to include lifetime health insurance for his family and compensation of around $30 million per year.

Jones wants all owners to be able to sign off on the details of Goodell's new contract, which would begin in 2019, even though the owners voted unanimously in May to allow the compensation committee to negotiate the specifics of the deal.

A report says that National Football League team owners could execute a "nuclear option" against Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones.

Goodell's current contract runs through 2019 and paid him $31.7 million in 2015, the past year for which his salary was reported.

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Jones, a non-voting member of the committee, is reportedly looking to sue the league if Goodell's extension is completed without final approval from the league's 32 teams. "Regardless of what may have been reported, the Committee is working within the financial parameters outlined to the ownership at the May meeting".

The negotiations with Goodell has become controversial with Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones reportedly threatened to sue if the league goes forward with the deal. "We do not intend to publicly comment on our discussions".

Goodell suspended Elliott following a year-long investigation by the league after prosecutors in OH declined to pursue the domestic violence case, citing conflicting evidence. The NFL said there were three incidents over five days.

Jones' announcement comes in the wake of news regarding the suspension of Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott, who was punished by the NFL for violating the league's personal conduct policy.

"I've been dealing with this commissioner for nearly 28 years, as an employee of the NFL", Jones said on his radio show late last week.

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