NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said Thursday that he would not be able to meet with owners until after the 2018 season.
The league will hold a meeting Friday, and Goodell said it will include representatives from every team.
Goodell said the owners “will come back and make sure we’ve made progress on all of these issues.”
But he didn’t elaborate on what those issues might be.
The issue at the top of Goodell’s list is how to handle the league’s players union, which he has said is not going to give up on the union, even if it’s no longer represented by a commissioner.
Goodell is the first commissioner in NFL history to announce his retirement, but he is also the first in league history to say that he has “no intention” of continuing in the role.
Goodell, who has been on the job since 1996, has not made an announcement about his plans.
He will not hold a press conference for months, and there has been speculation that he might make a speech during the bye week.
He said Thursday on ESPN that “if I don’t have time to do so, I will” meet with the owners.
“I’m going to be here on Friday.
I’m going do my job, and that’s all I’m asking.
And I’m not asking for any favors, so I’m doing my job.”
Goodell is in the middle of negotiating a contract extension with the NFL Players Association.
That deal will expire after the 2020 season, and the union is asking for an extension.
NFL owners voted Thursday to extend the current contract for another year at $16 million per year.
Goodell told ESPN’s John Clayton that he expected that extension to be in place for a second year.
He added that he expects the deal to be “fully paid off” when the new contract is signed.