Jones was in lockstep with the other 31 teams’ owners when they voted unanimously in May to allow the six-man committee the power to authorize Goodell’s extension. But when tensions rose over the Ezekiel Elliott six-game suspension in August, Jones — who was considered a seventh, ad hoc member of the committee — tried to use his power against Goodell on the deal. That attempt clearly failed, as Blank made clear that Jones no longer was involved in the proceedings.
We don’t know the exact financial parameters for Goodell’s contract are, but a league spokesman previously denied the reportedly lofty asking price — $50 million annual salary, use of a private jet and lifetime health care for his family — that had made the rounds.
ESPN is reporting that the deal could be worth up to $200 million over the five years of the extension, at an average of $40 million per year, if all the parameters are met. However, the deal appears to be highly incentivized and the owners reportedly still must sign off on all the bonuses and incentives being met.