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.
"One person with direct involvement in those talks said that if it weren't for Jerry's involvement, Goodell's extension by now could be done". It seemed a deal was on the verge of happening, but now one owner is standing his ground and holding up proceedings: Jerry Jones.
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.
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Goodell's contract expires in 2019 and many assumed an extension would be in place before the season began.
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.
One league source said Jones now considers himself a representative of the remaining 26 owners who are not on the compensation committee. Schefter and ESPN's Chris Mortensen suggested Jones simply believes Goodell is being paid too much money.
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The only real news coming out of the ESPN discussion is that a conference call of the Compensation Committee will happen on Wednesday.
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 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).
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