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Jerry Jones' lawyer: Falcons boss misleading owners on Goodell contract talks

Jerry Jones' lawyer: Falcons boss misleading owners on Goodell contract talks

Jones is trying to build a coalition of fellow owners who have lost confidence in Goodell, as well as appeal to "fence-sitters" who are undecided about Goodell.

The Cowboys owner, enraged over the Ezekiel Elliott suspension saga and determined to change the commissioner pay structure, wants Goodell out as National Football League commissioner.

After joining fellow owners in May in unanimously authorizing the compensation committee to work on a contract extension with Goodell, Jones last month at owners meetings in NY called Goodell's proposed new contract "the most one-sided deal ever", according to OTL, which noted that Goodell has earned more than $200 million since he was elected commissioner in August 2006. Now, the letter claims Blank has walked back his promise that there would be "unanimity" before the extension was finished.

ESPN's Seth Wickersham and Don Van Natta Jr. reported Goodell was frustrated with contract negotiations as well.

Jones believes he was lied to by Goodell who told him Elliott, who was never charged or arrested in the case, would face no suspension and considers it an unforgivable breach of trust, according to a source.
"The incentives thing really angers him". The owners very much enjoy their deal with the players, who do not have guaranteed contracts, and would like to ensure Goodell earns his money, too. Jones, who most recently hired Harvey Weinstein lawyer David Boies to aid his case against Goodell, has been lobbying his fellow billionaires for months about the commissioner's upcoming contract - which has seemed an inevitability but still not finalized. Many other owners agree with Jones that Goodell has an inordinate amount of sway on league matters.

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NFL spokesman Joe Lockhart, however, said Thursday the league's "expectation is this will be wrapped up soon, but we can't project an actual date".

There appears to be a lot of tension between Jones and Goodell right now.

The extension would carry through 2024. Lockhart acknowledged that the league was aware of the Cowboys owner's threat to sue but to the spokesman's knowledge no lawsuit has been formally filed.

Goodell is reportedly "furious" that Jones and other owners want the commissioner's next contract to be performance-based, according to ESPN. "I don't know where it is coming from". His six-game suspension of Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott may have touched off a protracted, expensive legal fight with one of the league's most influential owners that could have a far reaching impact on the future of the NFL. Thanks to that, it is another week of more reports stating there's a rift between Jerry Jones and Roger Goodell.