Jerry Jones is laughing off talk of being booted from the NFL.
“I’ve had not one, not one, inkling of communication from the league office or any owner that would suggest something that laughable and ridiculous, and that’s about where that is,” the Cowboys owner said Tuesday on his weekly radio show on 105.3 The Fan in Dallas.
Jones, who is upset about the six-game ban handed to his star running back Ezekiel Elliott by Roger Goodell, is leading the charge against the NFL commissioner getting a new contract. He even threatened to sue the league if the NFL’s six-person compensation committee – which includes Giants co-owner John Mara – didn’t bring Goodell’s new contract to a vote of all 32 owners.
NBC’s Pro Football Talk reported Sunday that multiple owners have discussed the possibility of using the nuclear option – the NFL’s executive committee has the power to force an owner out for “conduct detrimental to the welfare of the league” – on the rogue owner.
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“If somebody is asserting that then they are not knowledgeable about how things work in the NFL,” Jones added Tuesday.
Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio cited a league source with knowledge of the situation in his reporting.
Jones claimed Tuesday he just wants the compensation committee to bring any negotiations with Goodell to the rest of the owners for approval.
“We’ve got all the time in the world to extend him,” Jones said about Goodell, who is under contract until March 2019, “and we need to slow this train down.”
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Goodell is seeking the use of a private jet for life as part of his new five-year compensation package from the league’s owners, ESPN reported Sunday. Goodell, who has been on the job since 2006, is also reportedly asking for $50 million per year.
“The committee that basically negotiates salary with our commissioner is taking the view, especially the chairman, that they in a limited group can complete this agreement. I disagree,” Jones said last week on a radio appearance.
Jones asserted Tuesday that “well over half this league” wants Goodell’s contract to be negotiated by the full group.
The compensation committee held a conference call Monday and then gave Jones a cease-and-desist warning, the New York Times reported. Per the Times report, Jones could be subject to fines, loss of draft picks and even a suspension for his attempts to halt the commish’s new deal.
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The owners voted unanimously in May to give the compensation committee the authority to negotiate Goodell’s new deal.
Elliott was originally suspended by the NFL on Aug. 11 for violating the league’s personal conduct policy over domestic violence allegations dating back to 2016. After a roller-coaster ride of legal maneuverings, Elliott final sat out his first game Sunday. He’ll miss three more games before his next schedule court date on Dec. 1.