The NFL is not backing down from Jerry Jones' threats

Rosalie Stanley
November 18, 2017

Owners accused Jones of, among other things, circulating "outdated" information about the talks in a campaign to slow or scuttle agreement on a new pact with Goodell.

But then Goodell suspended Cowboys star running back Ezekiel Elliott for six games - Elliott dropped his appeal on Wednesday night, coincidentally, and will serve out the suspension.

The meeting, Jones wrote, would be to address the negotiations of Goodell's contract extension, oversight of the compensation committee and a date for all owners to vote on Goodell's contract.

"I don't know where this is coming from about stripping him of his franchise", the owner said Thursday, speaking on the condition of anonymity because of the threat of litigation by Jones.

It was revealed last weekend that Goodell requested a salary of approximately $49.5 million, a private jet and lifetime health insurance of his family last August.

Jones is insisting the percolating feud about Elliott isn't part of his threat to sue the NFL.

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In May, Jones voted in favor of extending Goodell's contract.

Regardless, the letter makes it clear other owners are disturbed with Jones' recent actions.

What I will say, briefly, is this: When one of the least likable owners in the NFL and least likable commissioners in sports are fighting, it clearly is not good for short-term interests of the league itself.

"With due respect, we urge Mr. Jones to drop his misguided litigation threats and media campaign to undermine the Committee's mandate", said the letter sent from National Football League attorney Brad Karp to Boies, a copy of which was obtained by The Washington Post.

Jones believes his efforts are already working because the Goodell decision has not yet been finalized and it will be discussed by the owners at the upcoming league meeting, rather than being just rubber stamped through the six-man compensation committee, according to a source. "And we urge Mr. Jones to support the committee's deliberations, not attempt to sabotage them".

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