League denies report Roger Goodell 'furious' at Jerry Jones, other NFL owners

Jerry Jones has threatened to sue NFL over Roger Goodell's extension, per report

Jerry Jones has threatened to sue NFL over Roger Goodell's extension, per report

Goodell's contract expires March 31, 2019.

Jones appears intent on holding up Goodell's contract extension and potentially pushing him out. Instead, Jones is making sure he knows he poked a hornet's nest by slapping Elliott, who did not face any criminal charges, with a six-game suspension.

Per the ESPN report, someone who "spoke recently with Goodell" said he is "furious" over Jones and "other owners' insistence that his next contract's compensation should be more performance-based" with incentives created to only get him back to "roughly the same level of his current deal".

Wickersham and Van Natta reported Jones is in effect attempting a coup d'etat.

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"He feels as if the owners have made a lot of money and he should be compensated accordingly", a source told ESPN.

"I'd say that, on the issue of extending the commissioner's contract that in the spring meeting in Chicago, the owners voted unanimously to authorize the compensation committee to enter in to negotiations and offer the commissioner an extension of his contract through 2024", Lockhart said during a Thursday afternoon media briefing. Jones was campaigning against his extension as far back as two months ago, though primarily due to the money the league would owe its figurehead. The Elliott suspension obviously involves one of his star players.

NFL spokesman Joe Lockhart, however, said Thursday the league's "expectation is this will be wrapped up soon, but we can't project an actual date". But in Week 3 he kneeled and locked arms with players and coaches before the anthem.

The Cowboys' lawyer, Jason Cohen, wrote that Jones did not want to resort to legal action, but said it might be necessary to stop the committee's work. And he supported Papa John, "one of the great Americans", when the pizza mogul complained the National Football League anthem situation was hurting his pizza chain sales.

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Why it matters: Goodell's current contract runs through 2018, and while he's been the subject of controversy throughout his tenure, he was expected to ink a five-year extension with little debate.

Jones' suit would be different in that it could also rope in some of the league's most high-profile team owners.

Now, in a letter sent through his attorney, Jones has accused the league of misleading team owners on Goodell's contract negotiations.

The Cowboys owner is angry with Goodell over his handling of the still unresolved six-game domestic violence suspension of running back Ezekiel Elliott. If Jones sues the league, things could even uglier, but it may not do him any good.

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