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National Football League owners to discuss Roger Goodell's contract extension Monday

National Football League owners to discuss Roger Goodell's contract extension Monday

One NFL executive proposed to Schefter and Mortensen that Goodell not be permitted to earn a higher salary than the highest-paid player in the NFL, which would be around $25 million.

The conference call, first reported Saturday by The New York Times, marks the first call since Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones voiced his displeasure about the contract extension that the committee has been discussing. The NFL commissioner supposedly wants that to be bumped up to $50 million, have private jet and health care access for he and his family for life.

Now, the commissioner reportedly made that counterproposal in early August, and it's unclear whether the contract the committee intends to discuss includes those terms.

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"That number for Roger just seems too much", said one anonymous owner to ESPN. "It's offensive. It's unseemly". The two have bickered over everything from his handling of the national anthem protest to his handling of Elliott's suspension, which is finally beginning today. However, NFL spokesperson Joe Lockhart denies that that is all Goodell asked for. One owner said, "You don't get to have this many messes over the years like Roger has had and survive it". The sources suggest that "at best" Jones has maybe three other owners in his corner that Goodell should go, but is nowhere close to the 24 votes required to derail a process that is in essence already completed (pending just a formal signing and announcement, sources said).

Owners also feel that Goodell will not walk away and that he will not take less money. The committee has found consistent support for a new Goodell deal. But, Goodell's power to suspend Brady for 4 games stemmed from the judge's ruling that "the Commissioner was authorized to impose discipline for, among other things, "conduct detrimental to the integrity of, or public confidence, in the game of professional football".

"The problem is, no one is talking about games anymore", said one owner. "It's about concussions, Jones vs. Goodell, Zeke, the anthem".


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