Jerry Jones says he won’t sue over Goodell contract

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Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has threatened to sue over Commissioner Roger Goodell’s contract extension. Jones won’t be following through on it.

Jones told Jarrett Bell of USA Today that no lawsuit will be filed regarding the five-year deal that the Compensation Committee received unanimous authorization in May to execute.

But Jones nevertheless isn’t ending his crusade; he told Bell that he wants accountability from the Commissioner.

“This is not about replacing Roger,” Jones said. “It’s a misnomer to say it’s payback for Ezekiel Elliott. It is about the accountability of the Commissioner to all of the ownership.”

Jones also seems to think he has struck a deal with the Compensation Committee aimed at preventing litigation, even if the Compensation Committee sees it differently.

“I told the [Compensation] Committee that I was standing down on legal action because they wanted to get input from all of the owners,” Jones said.

Jones continues to have concerns about the situation, even though he voted (along with all other owners) to unanimously authorize the Compensation Committee to execute the deal in May.

“There have been material changes since the resolution,” Jones said. “It should go back to the ownership.”

The nature of the changes to the resolution isn’t clear, given that (as PFT reported over the weekend) the resolution essentially gave the Compensation Committee a blank check. During a Tuesday radio appearance, Jones seemed to suggest that he wants to see the Compensation Committee disband, making Goodell accountable to all owners and not just to a handful of them.

And Jones continues to believe that he’s serving as a representative of the 26 owners not on the Compensation Committee, even if the rest of them don’t collectively believe that.

“My position is that the owners expect me to be the ombudsman for them, as to this committee,” Jones said. “No one has the NFL’s best interest in mind more than me, and I’m doing what I was asked to do by the owners. I don’t see how you can be disciplined for that.”

The discipline would come not from the message, but from his manner and method. And if Jones has a message that he believes can resonate with the rest of his business partners, Jones arguably would be wise to find another owner to spearhead this specific project, without doing so in a way that alienates many of his fellow owners.

46 responses to “Jerry Jones says he won’t sue over Goodell contract

  1. Jerry thinks everyone’s head is turned his way now. Unfortunately for him the brotha’s are on the right side of history. It’s only a matter of time before Kaep comes back. Hope he grew out the ‘fro.

  2. If I were a Cowboys fan, I’d want to sue Jerry Jones for all of the distractions he’s causing to his football team! LOL #FlyEaglesFly #WentzWagon

  3. Jones is sounding more like Papa John. These guys see how unpopular their true feelings are, then they play politics and change what they said. I don’t blame Jones. He’s a saint compared to our real politicians.

  4. I’m pretty sure the only communication that the committee has had with Jones was to CC their response to his letter to all of the owners. The response being that Jones is lying to advance his agenda.

  5. There’s no way on earth Jones’ recent outburst against Goodell is a coincidence. It’s just too suspicious that he “turned” on him juuuuust as Elliot’s suspension was being upheld for good…

  6. As a 40 year fan of the cowboys…screw the NFL. The next game I watch this year will be my first for the year. Tell you the truth, I really don’t miss it. Plus I get stressed out when my team sucks and with Garrett doing crap like taking the ball on the coin flip or sticking his manhood in every clock management situation, plus Jerry taking jaylon Smith over miles Jack or taco over watt…comeon. half we are having the 25 year anniversary of the day we started being a piece of crap. why do I nred that stress. It’s personally insulting to be made fun of because of who I am a life long fan of. I barely watched last year and they went 13 and 3. And for the record, Bill Parcells has always been a fat piece of crap and set the cowboys back 50 years. Acre the NFL. Go CUP. Or hockey…

  7. Jerry Jones is not going to sue the NFL. He wasn’t ever going to sue the NFL. He is just upset over the Zeke suspension and had a temper tantrum. But BSPN is talking about how powerful Jerry Jones is as an owner now. Nonsense. His power didn’t increase from backing down from his absurd suit. The other owners told him to stop and he did. Case closed,Jerry Jones didn’t look powerful at all here.

  8. Sounds like Jerrah realizes he doesn’t have the power he thought he had.

    I feel the next CBA the players will handle the commissioner’s power but non the less when owners unanimously authorize the Compensation Committee to execute the deal, you’re stuck. When you praise Goodell’s work all the way up till your star RB was suspended your stuck.

  9. Jerry, you will never be able convince any one that you have the NFL’s best interest at heart. You have proved with your hires that you want win at any cost. And, threatening the other owners, players and the Commissioner is not in the best interest of the NFL.

  10. Jerrah finally realized most of the other owners could buy and sell him every day of the week.
    Jerry taking on Paul Allen? Hilarious…

  11. Delusional – about his role as owner, about the quality of his football team, about his abilities as a “GM”.

    I almost feel sad for Cowboys fans. Almost.

  12. Jerry knew he was going to get his butt kicked by the other owners. I guess the good thing is that Jerry got brought down a few pegs through this.

  13. Well look who has all the answers! Look who knows all, even what all the other owners think! If Jones says he’s representing the other 26 owners, is there any credible reason to say that he doesn’t? Just because Jones agreed to something in May, doesn’t mean he (or the other owners) are still happy with the process and outcomes so far. Further, it’s a new year and the NFL continues to have negative impacts to viewership since May. This has fundamentally hurt the league. For instance, player protests, corporate sponsor discontent, continued decline in viewership, social media driven fan protests. Also- whether anyone agrees or not, the Elliott punishment is largely viewed as another commissioner disciplinary fumble.
    So while you already know it all and have the answers, this is just another comment by a feeble minded fan that will most likely get filtered, because allowing contenting feedback would be bad for that ego.

  14. “It is about the accountability of the Commissioner to all of the ownership.”

    Hard to argue with this. Would it be better if Bob Kraft delivered this message? Probably, but I remember Kraft being virtually bludgeoned by the owners when he took a stand. What other owner is willing to stand up to to process?

  15. mototax says:
    November 22, 2017 at 9:40 am
    I remember Kraft being virtually bludgeoned by the owners when he took a stand. What other owner is willing to stand up to to process?
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    I remember Kraft admitting cheating when he accepted the heavy fine and loss of a 1st round draft pick.

  16. I bet that if Jones was on the compensation committee, we would never hear a peep from him about “being accountable to ALL the owners”…giveme a break
    -from a fan who wants Goodell gone

  17. crush22 says:
    November 22, 2017 at 10:01 am
    _______________________________
    I remember Kraft admitting cheating when he accepted the heavy fine and loss of a 1st round draft pick.
    ————————————————————————————————————————
    I remember the Broncos paying the biggest fine in the history of the league for cheating the salary cap to keep both Elway and Davis directly leading to two SBs.

  18. I actually haven’t read a single article related to this, including this one. It just seems silly to watch billionaires bicker about paying a millionaire, while the rest of us are over here going; “I hope my taxes don’t go up next year”.

  19. ipeefreelyagain says:
    November 22, 2017 at 9:39 am
    Well look who has all the answers! Look who knows all, even what all the other owners think! If Jones says he’s representing the other 26 owners, is there any credible reason to say that he doesn’t?

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    Things he wouldn’t need to do if he had that much support:

    Hire a lawyer and publicly threaten to sue the league.
    Have Papa John’s CEO call out NFL leadership
    Hold daily press conferences on how he really isn’t Emperor Palpatine on this issue.
    etc, etc

    26 votes is more than enough to make any changes that he wants.

  20. 509seahawks says:

    November 22, 2017 at 10:13 am

    Nothing better than seeing Jerry’s face pouting in his box when the Cowgirls are losing.
    __________________________

    And Chris Christie sitting right behind him, probably waiting for his nachos…

  21. walker1191 says:
    November 22, 2017 at 10:27 am
    crush22 says:
    November 22, 2017 at 10:01 am
    _______________________________
    I remember Kraft admitting cheating when he accepted the heavy fine and loss of a 1st round draft pick.
    ————————————————————————————————————————
    I remember the Broncos paying the biggest fine in the history of the league for cheating the salary cap to keep both Elway and Davis directly leading to two SBs.
    _____________________________
    Tell it to a Broncos fan.

  22. “I’m going to come after you with all I’ve got. Bob Kraft is a p###y compared to what I’m going to do.”

    Guess his bark is harder than his bite. Fall in line Jerry.

  23. “I’m doing what I was asked to do by the owners.”

    Of course you are Jerry. That’s why they are standing with you shoulder to shoulder.
    As retreats go this is closer to Napoleon fleeing Russia than Dunkirk.

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