Jerry Jones reportedly 'impeding' Roger Goodell contract talks, wants 'big reduction'

Annette Crawford
September 17, 2017

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has always been a supporter of NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, but after the way the league handled its investigation and suspension of Ezekiel Elliott, it appears his opinion has changed.

Goodell's deal was expected to be completed before this season began, but due to his issues with Jones, his long-term future as National Football League commissioner may very well be in question.

Whether a firm proposal is presented to Goodell after the conference call remains a source of contention for the time being, sources said.

Previously, Jones has denied he was a member of the NFL's compensation committee. "Per the source, Jones has been very aggressive about the matter, a concern that traces back to the owners-only meeting in March, during which Jones raised before his peers a variety of issues regarding the way the league does business".

The members of the NFL's compensation committee include chairman Arthur Blank of the Falcons, Clark Hunt (Chiefs), Robert Kraft (Patriots), John Mara (Giants), Bob McNair (Texans) and Art Rooney II (Steelers).

Jones is not a member of the NFL's compensation committee, which is responsible for extending Goodell's deal, but he has injected himself into the process and slowed it down, according to a report from ESPN.

Goodell, who was elected commissioner in 2006, has reportedly made more than $200 million in salary leading the NFL.

"If not for Jerry, this deal would be done", a person familiar with the negotiations told ESPN this weekend.

Still, despite that, Goodell is in overall good standing with the majority of the owners in the NFL. The Cowboys owner apparently is not opposed to Goodell getting an extension, he's just concerned he makes too much money.

Jones was unavailable for comment.

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