- Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk reports that the NFL held an owners-only meeting last week in Arizona in which they discussed Roger Goodell’s next contract and succession planning.
- According to Florio, a potential transition would be initiated by Goodell after the next labor deal and TV contracts are finalized.
- Cowboys owner Jerry Jones reportedly spoke extensively during the meeting and suggested that all owners be involved in the process. Florio mentions that multiple owners believe more involvement would result in more favorable terms for the league in regards to Goodell’s compensation.
- Jones would also like to see the owners drop its prohibition on marijuana use, which could result in some player concessions in the next CBA negotiation.
- Another suggestion from Jones is to end the NFL’s investigations regarding off-field misconduct.
“We will do our due diligence with every player, and when it comes down to this, then we will even go in deeper, as deep as we can probably fully vet,” Dorsey said, via Terez A. Paylor of the Kansas City Star. “It comes down to communication with ownership and the head coach, and as we begin to talk this through and talk out what we, as an organization, feel is important, why we think we should make a move like this and do we have a plan in place.”
In regards to Mixon, Dorsey said he has yet to complete his research on him and the assault incident that led to him being suspended for a season.
“I have not fully completed my research, okay? And that will not probably finish up here until probably three more weeks,” Dorsey said. “Then when it comes time to that, we will make a decision, based collectively as a group, what our findings come back and reveal. That’s how we do it. I don’t have all the information to say yes or no. That’s the way I’m going to proceed with this.”
While much was made about the Browns’ decision to trade for QB Brock Osweiler and essentially purchase a second-round pick from the Texans by taking on Osweiler’s salary, Eagles owner Jeffery Lurie told reporters last week that they basically did the same thing with Sam Bradford.
“In the end, if you think about it … [Roseman] was able to [trade] up to get this quarterback from 8 [traded the No. 8 pick to acquire the No. 2 to draft Wentz] for — let me see if I have this right — we gave up a two [second-round pick] and a three and we got back two fours. If this all turns out the way we hope, that’s the story of this past year,” said Lurie. “If Carson’s what we think he is, that’s the story. How do you do that?”
Tim McManus points out that the Eagles are carrying $5.5 million of dead money on their 2017 cap as part of the Bradford trade, which is part of them “buying a pick” from the Vikings.