Though not one of the three owners who officially joined the three existing owners in May for the purposes of negotiating Commissioner Roger Goodell's extension, committee chairman Arthur Blank has allowed Jones to have a role and a voice in the process of hammering out Goodell's proposed new deal.
According to ESPN's Adam Schefter and Chris Mortensen, Jones has interjected himself into the league's competition committee as an "unofficial seventh member" and his presence has prevented the commissioner from receiving an offer on a contract extension, as has been anticipated for weeks to be coming.
That does not include Jones.
Goodell's contract expires in 2019 and many assumed an extension would be in place before the season began.
"In Jones' case, according to a source, he believes he is representing the other owners", Mortensen said. Jones also believes several other employees in the league office are overcompensated.
As PFT reported back in March, Jones argued in an owners-only meeting that more owners should be involved in negotiating the contract with the Commissioner, and that (essentially) the Commissioner makes too much.
"One person with direct involvement in those talks said that if it weren't for Jerry's involvement, Goodell's extension by now could be done".
But not all owners give Goodell full credit for fueling the league's economic boon, citing the participation of the owners themselves and indicators that troubled times may be on the horizon with uncertain TV ratings, a looming labor battle and a perceived weakening of the league's image.
"This is about money and a guy [Goodell] making way too much money on a grossly stupid contract for the job".