Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones apparently did try to fight NFL commissioner Roger Goodell’s contract extension one last time.
On Wednesday, Goodell signed a new contract worth nearly $40 million per year, but a report Sunday by ESPN’s Seth Wickersham said that Jones “put forth a resolution” to put the extension on hold. Citing “a confidential memo obtained by ESPN,” Jones wanted to table the contract negotiations for six months before any agreement could be reached, Wickersham reported.
Even though the contract has nonetheless been inked, Jones will get the chance the upcoming Special League Meeting, set for Wednesday in Irving, Texas, per Wickersham.
All 32 NFL owners had originally voted to allow the compensation committee to go forward with negotiations for Goodell’s contract extension, but Jones changed his tune in the fall.
This came shortly after Goodell issued a six-game suspension for Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott for violating the league’s personal conduct policy. In September, shortly after the suspension was issued, is when Jones reportedly began have doubts about Goodell’s new contract, per ESPN’s Chris Mortensen.
In November, the New York Times’ Ken Belson reported that Jones had threatened to sue the NFL if Goodell’s contract negotiations weren’t scrapped.
It was reported in November by ESPN’s Todd Archer, Adam Schefte, and Mortensen that Jones would get the opportunity at the owner’s meetings to discuss Goodell’s contract with the other owners.