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Sources: Jones impeding Goodell contract talks

From ESPN - September 17, 2017

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has impeded the progress of contract negotiations aimed at an extension for NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, according to sources familiar with those talks.

"If not for Jerry," one person familiar with the contract negotiations said this weekend, "this deal would be done."

While some owners believe a deal will be agreed upon, others are not quite as sure thanks to Jones, who has interjected himself into the process of the NFL's six-man compensation committee, becoming the unofficial seventh member.

Jones is now being singled out by some owners and league executives as the reason Goodell does not have the contract extension that many expected to be in place before this season kicked off, per sources. Goodell's current deal as commissioner expires in 2019.

The increasingly edgy relationship between Jones and Goodell has sharpened to the point where Goodell's long-term future could be in question, according to league sources.

Answers could come soon. Next up is the compensation committee's conference call Wednesday, which is expected to produce a specific term proposal for Goodell, sources said. Jones will be included on the call, sources said.

Whether a firm proposal is presented to Goodell after the conference call remains a source of contention for the time being, sources said. While some owners believe a contract extension is imminent, another source close to the situation said, "there's no way that happens right now." The fact that there even is some level of dissension within NFL ownership circles illustrates what a touchy issue this has become.

Previously, Jones has denied he was a member of the NFL's compensation committee. But league sources say Goodell was informed that Jones, despite not being a member, would take part in the process within the same time frame as the commissioner was deciding the eventual six-game suspension of Cowboys star running back Ezekiel Elliott for violation of the league's domestic violence policy that is currently hung up in a court battle.

One league source said Jones now considers himself a representative of the remaining 26 owners who are not on the compensation committee that consists of chairman Arthur Blank (Falcons), Clark Hunt (Chiefs), Robert Kraft (Patriots), John Mara (Giants), Bob McNair (Texans) and Art Rooney II (Steelers).

McNair also has called for a dramatic restructuring of Goodell's contract, sources said.

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