A contract extension for NFL commissioner Roger Goodell is reportedly being held up by Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter and Chris Mortensen.
Schefter and Mortensen reported that Jones has “impeded” progress on an extension, with one source saying that the deal would be done if not for Jones.
At the heart of the issue seems to be Jones’ belief that Goodell has been overpaid and that he would like to see the current proposal be re-done. According to ESPN, Goodell has made $200 million since becoming commissioner in 2006.
However, ESPN also reported that the tension between Jones and Goodell is such that Goodell’s long-term future “could be in question.” Schefter and Mortensen note that there’s some question about whether Goodell would accept a significantly re-structured deal.
Not helping matters is the ongoing court case between the NFL and Ezekiel Elliott over Elliott’s six-game suspension for alleged domestic violence in July 2016. Jones has maintained Elliott’s innocence and was reportedly angry with the suspension.
According to ESPN, there is a conference call with the compensation committee to discuss a deal and Jones, despite not being on the committee, will be on the call. One other owner, Bob McNair of the Texans, who is on the board also reportedly has called for restructuring of Goodell’s contract.
While a deal could still get done, ESPN reported one source saying, “there’s no way [an extension] happens right now.