Dallas Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones said he will not back off with his threat of suing the NFL and several owners if the league’s compensation committee agrees to give commissioner Roger Goodell a contract extension.
Jones was ousted as an ad hoc member of the committee when he brought up the possibility of legal action.
“He’s served about 60 percent, roughly, 65 percent of this contract,” Jones said during an appearance on 105.3 The Fan in Dallas on Tuesday. “He has 18 months left on there. We’ve got all the time in the world to evaluate what we’re doing. We’ve got all the time in the world to extend him. We just need to slow this train down and have a lot of time to discuss the issues at hand in the NFL and have a good, fair input from all the owners, which we’re not getting.”
Goodell’s contract is set to expire after the 2018 season. Jones denied that he has a replacement in mind for Goodell and added that he has never thought about replacing Goodell.
Jones has threatened to sue the NFL in an effort to block Goodell’s contract extension. The New York Times reported Monday that the competition committee sent Jones a cease-and-desist warning after holding a conference call earlier in the day to discuss Goodell’s potential extension. However, Jones said during the interview that he never received such notice from the committee.
Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank, the chairman of the committee, said Monday in a statement that the committee was still working toward an extension for Goodell and disputed Jones’ assertion that owners have been misled regarding “critical facts” about the negotiations.
“I have had communication with the committee chairman, but other than that, I’ve had no notice or anything,” Jones said. “I speak to a lot of owners, a lot of owners, and I know them to be really supportive of the idea of being able to, on their part, see what and guide and give input to the committee, particularly the chairman. I have well over half this league that is very interested in not only being a part of what is negotiated but having it come back to them for approval.”
When asked about a Pro Football Talk report that stated multiple owners were discussing possibly removing him as controlling owner of the Cowboys because of his dispute concerning the extension for Goodell, Jones said it’s “laughable” to suggest that other owners could force him out as the team’s owner.
“I’ve had not one inkling of communication from the league office or any owner that would suggest something that laughable, ridiculous, and that’s about where that is,” Jones said. “If somebody is asserting that or thinking about that kind of thing, they’re not knowledgeable on how things work in the NFL.”
Jones also did not back off his stance of suing the league if Goodell is granted an extension.