Seth Wickersham of ESPN reports that before the compensation committee agreed to a new extension with commissioner Roger Goodell last week, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones put forth a resolution to table the contract talks for six months prior to the agreement.
Jones reportedly argued for a six-month “moratorium and any and all actions taken pursuant” to Goodell’s new contract, “specifically, that the Commissioner’s extension is not finalized during such moratorium.”
While there’s no longer anything Jones can do about Goodell’s contract, Wickersham mentions that he’s expected to raise his concerns with the commissioner’s authority pertaining to league discipline and other issues at the upcoming owners meeting on Wednesday.
Jones was hoping to have a vote on the resolution taken under secret ballot and had been trying to build support to derail the process. However, he was only to able secure five supporting owners for his cause.
“The owners who supported [Jones] are not exactly influencers and arm-twisters,” one owner tells Wickersham. “They’re just happy that Jerry wanted to talk to them.”
The expectation now is that Jones will push for significant staffing changes among the league’s executive vice presidents and player disciplinary matters.
Goodell’s new contract is worth around $40 million per year and will keep him in place as the league’s commissioner through 2023.