Jerry Jones stalling Roger Goodell's new contract as National Football League commish

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Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is "impeding" negotiations on National Football League commissioner Roger Goodell's proposed contract extension, according to ESPN.

"If not for Jerry, this deal would be done", said one person familiar with Goodell's contract negotiations. Though not one of the three owners who officially joined the three existing owners in May for the purposes of negotiating Commissioner Roger Goodell's extension, committee chairman Arthur Blank has allowed Jones to have a role and a voice in the process of hammering out Goodell's proposed new deal.

Neither Jones nor the National Football League is commenting on the report, and it's unlikely any contract snag will result in Goodell not being the commissioner in the future - but debates are being had internally on whether Goodell is making more money than he deserves. Goodell's current deal expires in 2019.

The NFL's compensation committee is made up of six people, but the ESPN report labeled Jones the "unofficial seventh member". Schefter and ESPN's Chris Mortensen suggested Jones simply believes Goodell is being paid too much money.

It would be easy, but wrong, to view this as Jones being vindictive about the NFL's ongoing legal battle against Cowboys star Ezekiel Elliott.

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One league source said Jones now considers himself a representative of the remaining 26 owners who are not on the compensation committee.

Goodell earned $44 million in 2015.

There is also the question of whether Goodell will even accept the new terms of an extension, if offered, according to an owner who supports the commissioner.

Some owners believe Goodell's contributions to the NFL's success have been overstated. The Cowboys owner apparently is not opposed to Goodell getting an extension, he's just concerned he makes too much money.

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