Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is reportedly doing his best to slow down Roger Goodell's latest contract negotiations, adding another awkward twist in the saga involving the Dallas Cowboys, Ezekiel Elliott and the NFL.
"Jerry's not saying, 'Don't hire Roger.' He's saying, 'I hate this [proposed] deal; redo it, '" said one source. That committee decides whether to extend Goodell's contract and sets his compensation level, and it appears Jones is wielding that influence.
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.
Just a few weeks ago, it was reported that Goodell and the National Football League owners were close to a contract extension that would lock Goodell in through 2024.
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Some owners believe an extension for Goodell will eventually be agreed upon, but others aren't as sure now that Jones has interjected himself into the process. Jones has gained the support of enough owners that a discussion is being had about how to move forward with Goodell's extension. It's believed Jones is operating as a seventh voice on the committee, standing for the 26 owners not represented on the committee and reportedly believes the commissioner should take a pay cut. Schefter and ESPN's Chris Mortensen suggested Jones simply believes Goodell is being paid too much money.
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 has earned more than $200 million since he was elected commissioner in 2006.
But not all owners give Goodell full credit for fueling the league's economic boon, citing the participation of the owners themselves and indicators that troubled times may be on the horizon with uncertain TV ratings, a looming labor battle and a perceived weakening of the league's image. The Cowboys owner apparently is not opposed to Goodell getting an extension, he's just concerned he makes too much money.