Cowboys' Jones impeding Goodell contract talks

Ron Jenkins  AP

Ron Jenkins AP

Goodell was reportedly close to an agreement on a five-year extension last month.

Mortensen expanded on that idea, noting that Jones has essentially become a "de facto" seventh member of the Compensation Committee (which negotiates with Goodell to work out a new deal) and has pushed forward the idea that Goodell is "paid way too much money".

Dallas Cowboys owner/general manager Jerry Jones has "impeded" contract extension negotiations for National Football League commissioner Roger Goodell, reports ESPN.com's Adam Schefter and Chris Mortensen.

ESPN's Adam Schefter and Chris Mortensen report that the Dallas Cowboys' owner is impeding Goodell's extension discussions from happening. According to ESPN, Goodell has made $200 million since becoming commissioner in 2006. Jones has stated repeatedly that Elliott did nothing wrong, and the league and player are in a prolonged back-and-forth that likely won't be settled this season.

While a deal could still get done, ESPN reported one source saying, "there's no way [an extension] happens right now".

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Jones is not a part of the NFL's six-man compensation committee, the group that decides Goodell's fate and contractual status.

The official committee is comprised of Arthur Blank (Atlanta Falcons), Lamar Hunt (Kansas City Chiefs), Robert Kraft (New England Patriots), John Mara (New York Giants), Bob McNair (Houston Texans) and Art Rooney II (Pittsburgh Steelers).

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.

The next movement of the negotiations with the commissioner could come this week as the compensation committee's conference call Wednesday is expected to produce a specific term proposal for Goodell, according to the report.

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