NFL spokesperson Joe Lockhart told NFL Media's Ian Rapoport that this will be the last extension for Goodell and he will focus on finding his successor in the next five years.
"The Commissioner has been clear that he views this as his last contract and will allow him to both deal with some of the important issues that we know are on the horizon - the CBA, our network partners - and it'll also allow him to spend a significant amount of time not only at his level but among his executives working on succession", Lockhart said Wednesday, via Pro Football Talk.
Goodell is now 58 years old and has been commissioner since 2006. After introducing Jones, the two exchanged a brief hug.
President Donald Trump and many fans have been sharply critical of players protesting during the national anthem and the league's handling of the matter. "There are better ways to do this and we just have to come to agreement on that".
Jones says his issues with the commissioner's contract has nothing to do with the suspension.
All smiles now, but Jones was dead serious in November, threatening to sue fellow owners over Goodell's deal.
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Goodell has been heavy-handed in doling out punishment in connection with the Patriots' alleged deflation of footballs before the AFC Championship Game in 2016, New England's illegal videotaping of opponents' defensive signals, the Saints' alleged use of bounties in 2009 and Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott's domestic violence case in 2016. So yes, once a new commissioner is in place and it's time to negotiate an extension, he or she won't be allowed to hand pick a compensation committee the way Goodell was with this group.
What bothers Blank about Jones' vocal and public opposition to Goodell's contract is that is created what he calls a distraction from the league's interests and business.
This week on his radio show, Jones said he is confident his resolution will be heard at the owners meeting even though it appears the contract is a done deal.
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones was trying to get owners to reject the contract or at least delay it. "I've got a great respect for Jerry". And he's been very good to this league. The commissioner was a great listener and responded and was very supportive of doing not only the right thing for himself personally and his position, but thinking about the league, thinking about what owners are expressing. "I think we have done that".
"I don't know that there's a rift going forward", Blank said.
The extension is to pay Goodell as much as about $40 million per year, about 90 percent of which is tied to incentives.