Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones didn’t think that commissioner Roger Goodell needed a contract extension yet, and he didn’t like that the Compensation Committee could make the choice about when to give it to him, rather than putting it before all of the owners.
That committee went ahead and gave Goodell an extension, even though Jones had threatened to sue – a claim he later backed off on. On Friday, he went on 105.3 The Fan and spoke about the new deal.
“No, I don’t really [have an official comment],” Jones said, per Jon Machota of the Dallas Morning News. “We’re having a very important [owners] meeting here in Dallas next week beginning Wednesday. That’s very meaningful. I’m looking forward to that. That’ll be very meaningful as we go forward.
“One of the things that I think that has been mentioned is any role that I might have had in the extension of Roger. As you know, I’ve been on both ends of it as far as any criticism. It’s been my experience in 30 years in the NFL that to make change and to make positive change — every time we all strive to make the NFL better, I include every owner with that — it’s hard. It’s very, very hard.
“If you really want to make some changes, you usually end up getting a lot of criticism along the way. It’s happened every time with me when we’ve had meaningful change. We’ll see how it goes forward, but there’s nothing that has surprised me here.”
As he noted, the owners meeting is coming up. What does he think will happen when he meets with all of those other owners who reportedly supported Goodell instead of him?
“This is a meeting where several things will be discussed as to the extension as well as how we go forward and address many of the issues that we have,” Jones said. “There’s never been a time in the NFL when we didn’t have issues. Certainly this is no exception. On the other hand, the timing of the extension, it gives rise to how we address a lot of the things that we can do better in the NFL. This meeting will be an important meeting as to that, looking forward to improving the NFL.”
It sounds like Jones hasn’t given up. He doesn’t like the timing or the fact that he wasn’t involved, and he may seek to change that for the future, even if he couldn’t stop it right now.