But two weeks ago, Jones, a nonvoting member of the compensation committee, escalated the dispute when he threatened to sue the league and the six owners on the committee if they did not bend to his will.
Since then the members of the committee, which includes the owners of the Chiefs, the Falcons, the Giants, the Patriots, the Steelers and the Texans, have communicated with Jones through lawyers, news releases and radio interviews, exposing one of the league’s messiest rifts in years.
In the letter sent on Wednesday, the owners on the committee said that they were unhappy with Jones because he had circulated a three-month-old document with details of requests from Goodell that Jones “personally knows to be an outdated, historical artifact of no relevance whatsoever in the context of these lengthy negotiations.”
If Jones was really concerned about the health of the league, they said, he would not “threaten to sue the league and its owners if he does not get his way.”
In a radio interview on Tuesday, Jones said he would continue to try to slow down the approval of an extension of Goodell’s contract, which will expire at the end of the 2018 season.
“We’ve got all the time in the world to evaluate what we’re doing,” Jones said. “We just need to slow this train down and have a lot of time to discuss the issues at hand in the N.F.L. and have a good clear input from all the owners, which we’re not having.”