Roger Goodell Contract Extension Not a Done Deal, Jerry Jones Says

Tim DanielsFeatured ColumnistSeptember 22, 2017

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, left and Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones talk during the NFL football game between the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Dallas Cowboys at Wembley Stadium, London, Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014.  (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
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Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said Friday there's no contract extension in place for NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.

Clarence Hill Jr‏. of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram passed along Jones' response when asked on 105.3 The Fan Radio if a new deal is done for the league's top executive: "It's not."

On Sunday, Adam Schefter and Chris Mortensen of ESPN.com reported Jones had "impeded the progress" toward a Goodell extension being discussed by the NFL's compensation committee.

"If not for Jerry this deal would be done," a source told Schefter and Mortensen.

Talk about Goodell's future comes at a time when Jones is at odds with the league office over its handling of the six-game suspension handed to Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott for allegations of domestic violence. The ruling is currently under appeal within the U.S. court system.

Last month, Jones said on 105.3 The Fan radio he supported the NFL's efforts against domestic violence, but he didn't think there was evidence to support the Elliott ban, per Gabrielle McMillen of the Sporting News.

"On the other hand with what we are today and what we're trying to be relative to addressing it in the league, (it) has all kinds of issues and it should," he said. "It's a very complicated issue because you have no evidence here. That's all I want to say about it.

"But it creates quite a convoluted approach by Zeke's representatives and by the league that I really hate is a focus of all of our attention. I do. Even though others would say that the issue needs this kind of focus and you're using the NFL for visibility."

Schefter reported Thursday the Goodell extension was being "papered right now" and, while it could take some time to finalize, it's "getting done."

Elliott is allowed to continue playing for Dallas while his appeal continues.