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Roger Goodell denies lying to Jerry Jones about Ezekiel Elliott

Roger Goodell denies lying to Jerry Jones about Ezekiel Elliott

Goodell, 58, succeeded Paul Tagliabue in September of 2006.

"I think there is a limit to how many years you should serve", Goodell said. I've known the rest of the people in that room for 30 years.

The meeting starts at 10 a.m. with a presentation from the Compensation Committee, chaired by Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank, and the issue of Goodell's contract will be discussed.

"Jerry, do I look like I take it personally?" Goodell's original deal was set to expire after the 2018 season.

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones didn't achieve his ultimate goal of delaying, if not outright blocking, a contract extension on Wednesday for National Football League commissioner Roger Goodell.

"I don't know that there's a rift going forward", Blank said.

While noting the contract already has been "signed and executed", league spokesman Joe Lockhart said the committee "will talk about whatever is on the mind of the owners".

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But Jones _ who has been challenging Goodell's pay for more than a year and more recently been railing against the commissioner's power, especially in terms of player discipline in light of the six-game suspension of star running back Ezekiel Elliott _ won some key battles.

It is, however, important to note that Goodell will still be a key player in collective bargaining negotiations after the current one ends in 2020.

Goodell tried to sound resolute that any personal feelings have been put to the side between him and the Cowboys owner as they relate to league business and progress.

However, the very notable caveat is that - as Lockhart also noted earlier in the day - the contract is highly incentivized and in essence voted on by the teams' owners as to how much of that sum Goodell actually collects.

"My relationship with Jerry [Jones] has always been great", he said Wednesday, per Andrew Siciliano of NFL Network. Goodell asked after the second question as Jones, the recent Hall of Fame inductee, winked at him. It was a very good conversation.

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones was trying to get owners to reject the contract or at least delay it.

The Atlanta owner said Jones didn't have a role in an increase in the part of Goodell's contract that isn't guaranteed, but that Jones did have input on possible changes to how the committee is put together.