Jerry Jones reportedly 'impeding' work on Roger Goodell's contract extension

Ross Houston
September 17, 2017

"Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has slowed down, if not impeded, contract talks regarding a potential extension for National Football League commissioner Roger Goodell", Schefter said.

Earlier on Sunday, it was reported that Jones himself was potentially holding up an extension for Goodell as the league's commissioner.

While not an official member of the committee that leads the discussion for Goodell's next contract, Jones has recently taken a larger role and is now considered the unofficial seventh member.

"Jerry's not saying, 'Don't hire Roger.' He's saying, 'I hate this (proposed) deal, redo it, '" said one source.

According to a report from Daniel Kaplan of Sports Business Journal, Jones has National Football League chief investigator Lisa Friel in his crosshairs and is pushing to see her fired.

The relationship between Jones and Goodell has sharpened to the point where Goodell's long-term future as NFL commissioner could come under fire, league sources told ESPN.

It would be easy, but wrong, to view this as Jones being vindictive about the NFL's ongoing legal battle against Cowboys star Ezekiel Elliott.

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).

Goodell's earnings of more than $200 million since he was elected commissioner in 2006 - including a $44 million salary in 2015 - is at the core of Jones' aggressive strategy in communicating with fellow owners.

The NFL's collective bargaining agreement is set to expire after the 2020 season, and NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith said last month he believes there will be a work stoppage in 2021. Jones has maintained Elliott's innocence and was reportedly angry with the suspension.

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