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Witten praises the role of his boss in getting labor deal done

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Patriots owner Robert Kraft, perhaps the only owner the players truly trust, has received much deserved praise for his role in the negotiation of a new labor deal.  Another owner regarded by many as a man more likely to play hardball also is drawing credit for getting the deal done.

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, despite reportedly trying to intimidate the players early in the process, played an important part in working things out.

“Without him, that deal wouldn’t have gotten done,” Cowboys tight end Jason Witten told Rick Gosselin of the Dallas Morning News.  “Everyone should know that.

“Sometimes you forget how influential one person can be.  He didn’t make it emotional. I t was always about building a partnership and working toward a resolution.  It was never something personal or trying to gain any advantage for himself.  It was all about representing everyone in the entire room.  That’s not always easy to do — and he did that on a daily basis.”

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell agrees.  “Jerry was outstanding,” Goodell told Gosselin.  “I’m not sure this deal could have gotten done without him.  His passion is unmatched.  His drive is incredible. . . .  His commitment in this negotiation was clearly evident.”

Jones’ likely reward for his effort will be a 10-percent tax on his local revenues, given the terms of the new supplemental revenue sharing package that was developed as part of the labor deal.  The Cowboys presumably are at or near the top of the list of revenue-generating teams.

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46 Responses to “Witten praises the role of his boss in getting labor deal done”
  1. whatchutalkinabouthillis says: Jul 27, 2011 9:57 PM

    Jerry threatened to consume everyone’s souls if a labor deal wasn’t done. After all, he is the Prince of Darkness.

  2. bearsrulepackdrool says: Jul 27, 2011 9:57 PM

    “Without him this deal wouldn’t have gotten done”

    Translation: If hadn’t caved we wouldn’t have gotten this done.

  3. bearsrulepackdrool says: Jul 27, 2011 9:59 PM

    Jerry Jones: Good for getting everything done but a Super Bowl.

  4. itsmammoth says: Jul 27, 2011 9:59 PM

    “Ya see, what this league needs is a brand new face lift.” – Jerry Jones

  5. bhindenemylines says: Jul 27, 2011 10:00 PM

    Love Witten; has always been a blue collar player who does everything that is asked of him.

    Cue the Cowboy haters….

  6. echoplex89 says: Jul 27, 2011 10:00 PM

    he was also instrumental in creating the lockout when he and several other owners pushed to opt out of the deal.

  7. Kave Krew says: Jul 27, 2011 10:00 PM

    Jerry’s “drive” was and alway will be rooted in Jerry……..take the incentive of getting the most revenue and payong for the most expensive stadium in history, then you have Jerry Chivin On and not giving one f that day…

  8. humb0lt says: Jul 27, 2011 10:00 PM

    Brown noser.

  9. strahan92 says: Jul 27, 2011 10:06 PM

    How’s that big ol Stadium going to be paid for? Praise him for the Roy Williams deal too & Leornard Davis deal.

  10. rambo08 says: Jul 27, 2011 10:09 PM

    No more labor posts. Really don’t want to look back on those dark times.

  11. jmarc88 says: Jul 27, 2011 10:10 PM

    Everyone always hates on the cowboys.oat hated on team in the NFL.

  12. jmarc88 says: Jul 27, 2011 10:10 PM

    Most*

  13. melonnhead says: Jul 27, 2011 10:22 PM

    Patriots owner Robert Kraft, perhaps the only owner the players truly trust

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    Wasn’t this guy’s team implicated in a cheating scandal not that long ago?

  14. MichaelEdits says: Jul 27, 2011 10:23 PM

    Put those teeth away. You’re scaring the children.

  15. offkiltereagle says: Jul 27, 2011 10:23 PM

    In all actuality Jerry Jones is a corpse Weekend at Bernie’s style, and if it wasn’t for Jason Witten and Tony Romo blowing hot air up his genitals he would cease to exist.

  16. melonnhead says: Jul 27, 2011 10:24 PM

    Jerry Jones: Good for getting everything done but a Super Bowl.

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    Yeah he only has three, which is two more than the Bears have managed since the Super Bowl was invented.

  17. melonnhead says: Jul 27, 2011 10:25 PM

    he was also instrumental in creating the lockout when he and several other owners pushed to opt out of the deal.

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    Exactly. Got the owners out of a bad deal and into a fair deal. Kudos!

  18. eaglesfan290 says: Jul 27, 2011 10:25 PM

    Kiss much butt Witten?

    Kraft got the deal done not JJ!

  19. ratbastardshanahandjob says: Jul 27, 2011 10:25 PM

    “His passion is unmatched. His drive is incredible. . . . His commitment in this negotiation was clearly evident.”

    What Goodell really meant- His style is impetuous. His defense is impregnable, and He’s just ferocious. He want’s your heart. He want’s to eat your children. Praise be to Allah!”

  20. tinopuno says: Jul 27, 2011 10:26 PM

    What Goodell said:
    “Jerry was outstanding,” “I’m not sure this deal could have gotten done without him. His passion is unmatched. His drive is incredible. His commitment in this negotiation was clearly evident.”

    What Goodell really believes:
    “Jerry was an unbelievable tool! I’m not sure this deal could have gotten done if we hadn’t finally gagged him and tied him to a chair. His passion is unmatched…he’ll try to hump anything with a pulse. His driving is incredibly dangerous when he’s drinking, which is always. We considered having him committed during the negotiation because his pathology was so evident.”

  21. melonnhead says: Jul 27, 2011 10:26 PM

    Jerry’s “drive” was and alway will be rooted in Jerry……..take the incentive of getting the most revenue and payong for the most expensive stadium in history, then you have Jerry Chivin On and not giving one f that day…

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    The new Meadowlands stadium is the most expensive in history. I can’t decipher the rest of your rant.

  22. jsrdc says: Jul 27, 2011 10:27 PM

    bearsrulepackdrool….. Hmmm -JJ is “good for getting everything done but a SB”? Really -that is really ironic you say that because the Bears haven’t won a SB since the mid 80′s, but the Cowboys have won 3 since the early 90′s. I think you may need to pull your head out of your arss on that one, and simply admit you are a hater. Oh, and also that you throw stones in a glass has, too. What a maroon……

  23. tinopuno says: Jul 27, 2011 10:29 PM

    bhindenemylines says: Jul 27, 2011 10:00 PM

    Love Witten; has always been a blue collar player who does everything that is asked of him.

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    Including burying his nose in the Royal Crevice!

  24. flagstaffphotos says: Jul 27, 2011 10:31 PM

    You think Witten is thankful for Jerry?? That’s nothing! T.O. has 25 million reasons to thank Jerry.

  25. Keyser Söze says: Jul 27, 2011 10:33 PM

    Al Davis taught him well….

  26. tinkletinkleonyourstar says: Jul 27, 2011 10:36 PM

    —” and he did that on a daily basis.”

    and just how does witten know this?

    is witten renegotiating a contract or something?
    or is he just a suck-up?

  27. melonnhead says: Jul 27, 2011 10:38 PM

    How’s that big ol Stadium going to be paid for?

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    How do you know that it’s not already paid for? According to Forbes, Jones took on very little debt in the construction of the stadium.

  28. jsrdc says: Jul 27, 2011 10:48 PM

    Kave Krew, wow, the ignorance surrounding the stadium is really getting out of control. Do you really believe Jerry Jones paid for the entire Cowboy’s new stadium? OK, here we go – take notes, and you just might learn something. The stadium is owned by the city of Arlington. The taxpayers voted on it. Bonds were designated. The NFL gave roughly 150 million to also help build it. Jerry Jones is not the actual owner, but he did pay some out of pocket costs for the stadium. What do you really care what Jerry does anyway? The lockout is over, and I have no doubt that JJ was instrumental in working to get it agreed to – he stood to lose a lot of money. What gets me is the Meadowlands stadium cost over 500 million dollars more to build, it doesn’t even have a roof on it, but you never hear any criticisms there. Too many Jerry Jones haters. Sad, really. Having said that, that stadium is freaking crazy. I was there last summer, and it is about as nice as it gets.

  29. TIM says: Jul 27, 2011 11:04 PM

    I just want to thank JJ for the $150 million the League is giving the Niners to build the new stadium they are building in Santa Clara ! (I am sure some of his 10% tax is helping pay for it !).

  30. hendeeze says: Jul 27, 2011 11:10 PM

    You play for Jerry Jones, not Robert Kraft

  31. abninf says: Jul 27, 2011 11:17 PM

    tinkletinkleonyourstar says: Jul 27, 2011 10:36 PM

    and just how does witten know this?

    is witten renegotiating a contract or something?
    or is he just a suck-up?
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    When a guy has paid you millions of dollars for playing a game, you’re allowed to suck up.

  32. jebdamone says: Jul 28, 2011 12:05 AM

    cowboys are probably my least favorite team in the nfl and i am not a fan of jerry jones either, but even i have to admit he is a great owner.

  33. richc111 says: Jul 28, 2011 12:06 AM

    Yes Witten is right Jones did a great job. You know who else did a great job, MY Boss, without the guy that signs my paycheck a deal won’t have got done either. I am going in tomorrow and tell him that.

  34. melonnhead says: Jul 28, 2011 12:18 AM

    —” and he did that on a daily basis.”

    and just how does witten know this?

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    Might have something to do with the fact that Witten is the team representative for the NFLPA.

  35. melonnhead says: Jul 28, 2011 12:22 AM

    Call Witten a suck up all you want, but he’s not the only guy that singled Jones out in the negotiations.

  36. melonnhead says: Jul 28, 2011 12:27 AM

    I just want to thank JJ for the $150 million the League is giving the Niners to build the new stadium they are building in Santa Clara ! (I am sure some of his 10% tax is helping pay for it !).

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    Actually that comes from the NFL’s “G3″ stadium-subsidy fund. Jones took advantage of the fund when he built Cowboys Stadium. Have at it, that’s what it’s there for! If they ever turn a shovel of dirt over on a new 49ers stadium anyway.

  37. melonnhead says: Jul 28, 2011 1:05 AM

    You think Witten is thankful for Jerry?? That’s nothing! T.O. has 25 million reasons to thank Jerry.

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    That was pretty funny… in 2006.

  38. southyank7 says: Jul 28, 2011 1:06 AM

    he figured he’d better try to do SOME good sense HE was 1 of the OWNERS who started this whole thing…

  39. upperdecker19 says: Jul 28, 2011 2:15 AM

    Witten just got upgraded from the temporary seating area for the next Super Bowl held at Jerry World.

  40. jpb12 says: Jul 28, 2011 6:20 AM

    Talk about craving attention….

  41. Kave Krew says: Jul 28, 2011 8:41 AM

    Upon further review, i agree with those you called me out on my post……it was a horrible post……

    Although my intent was to shape Jerry’s ‘cooperativeness’ into Jerry’s selfishness, i have come to a different conclusion…..

    Jerry and Robert Kraft definitely partnered in this CBA negotiations…..in what may have been seen as an ‘odd couple’, the two owners certainly played off each other in these talks and probably learned a trick or two from each other, and both probably played a significant role in solving the lockout……

    So to correctly refrain, Jerry and Robert together saved football…..

  42. melonnhead says: Jul 28, 2011 9:06 AM

    I dunno, Kraft spent part of the negotiations touring Israel.

  43. jsrdc says: Jul 28, 2011 12:37 PM

    Witten is about as stand-up as they get in this league. Anybody criticizing him needs to check themselves in a hurry. He never gets in trouble off the field, he is as tough as they come in football (his rookie year he broke his jaw, asked to have it wired shut, and was back on the field much more quickly than anyone expected), and he is not flashy but always seems to get the job done. Anybody who dislikes Witten is 1) jealous he isn’t on their team, or 2) is a hater of the Cowboys or Jerry Jones, and Witten is hated by association. You can’t fault Witten for speaking his mind, and as much as people hate Jerry Jones, he was helpful in getting this CBA completed on the part of the owners. Robert Kraft’s fan base has grown even more with the unfortunate and tough timing of the passing of his wife, and his instrumental involvement with also getting the CBA done. I am an even bigger fan of Kraft than I was before.

  44. Kave Krew says: Jul 28, 2011 7:18 PM

    …..and if i remember correctly, Kraft got more done for the cba-lockout while in Israel than any other owner sitting across from the nflpa……so amongst other things, he traveled overseas, did charity work, spent time with his dying wife, prepared for her death, buried her and then received some credit for “saving football” and you want Jerry to have the sole credit??? If Jerry was left to his own devices, we’d still be talking about the lockout and the Steeler weekly arrest….

  45. denverwhodat says: Jul 28, 2011 10:16 PM

    Praise and JerryWorld Jones should never be used in the same sentence.

  46. jsrdc says: Jul 29, 2011 2:43 AM

    All you JJ haters, really? Seriously? You can hate the guy ALL YOU WANT, but he was involved with getting this thing agreed to. Kraft was also very instrumental, but both had incentive to do so, along with all the other 30 owners of the NFL teams. Hate JJ, as that is your choice, but give credit where it is due.

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