Jerry Jones says he's dropped the notion of suing fellow NFL owners over the process for extending Roger Goodell’s contract. But the Dallas Cowboys' patriarch is hardly ready to give up the fight.

“I want accountability,” Jones told USA TODAY Sports on Tuesday.

Meaning Jones wants the full body of owners — not just the six-member compensation committee — to finalize the pact and structure of performance bonuses that reportedly could bring the commissioner's annual pay to roughly $50 million.

In May, Jones and his fellow owners — by a 32-0 vote — authorized the compensation committee headed by Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank to close Goodell's next deal. That committee had embraced Jones as an ad hoc member ... until recently, when he threatened to sue.

Then there’s the Ezekiel Elliott situation. In August, Goodell imposed a six-game suspension on the Cowboys star for violating the league's personal conduct policy amid domestic violence allegations. Jones later used profane language in threatening to come after Goodell, according to an ESPN report, much harder than Patriots owner Robert Kraft did in response to Deflategate.

What a mess.

“This is not about replacing Roger,” Jones contended. “It’s a misnomer to say it’s payback for Ezekiel Elliott. It is about the accountability of the commissioner to all of the ownership.”