Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has impeded talks for negotiations of a contract extension for NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, according to Adam Schefter and Chris Mortensen of ESPN.
Back in August, it was reported that Goodell and NFL owners were close to agreeing to a five-year contract extension for the head of the league that would take Goodell through 2024.
This came as surprising news to some, as Goodell has not exactly endeared himself to NFL people due to the Deflategate fiasco with the New England Patriots and other issues.
Still, despite that, Goodell is in overall good standing with the majority of the owners in the NFL.
That does not include Jones.
“If not for Jerry, this deal would be done,” said one person familiar with Goodell’s contract negotiations.
You can certainly see why Jones and Goodell would be at odds, as the league recently suspended Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott for six games as a punishment for an alleged domestic violence incident that took place over a six-day period in July of 2016.
Elliott, who is appealing the suspension, played in Week 1 and will also take the field in Week 2. There is also a chance that Elliott does not serve any of his suspension until the lawsuit concludes.
Goodell’s deal was expected to be completed before this season began, but due to his issues with Jones, his long-term future as NFL commissioner may very well be in question.
Jones has been added as an unofficial seventh member of the NFL’s six-man compensation committee, which is seemingly bad news for Goodell.