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Jerry Jones does what Robert Kraft wouldn't, make Roger Goodell miserable

Rob Bradford
September 17, 2017 - 11:27 am

This might not be such a good look for Robert Kraft.

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter and Chris Mortensen, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is the one owner holding up Roger Goodell getting his contract extension. Per the report, Jones has "slowed down, if not impeded" negotations for the NFL commissioner to get his new deal.

"If not for Jerry," one person familiar with the contract negotiations told ESPN, "this deal would be done."

While Jones is not officially part of the six-man compensation committee, he has evidently interjected himself into the process. A conference call will be held Wednesday, which the Cowboys owner is slated to be a part of. Goodell's current deal runs through 2019.

The approach by Jones toward Goodell is a stark contrast to how Kraft dealt with the commissioner. While the Patriots' owner erred on the side of maintaining a good relationship with Goodell throughout the Deflategate controversy, and the days since, the Cowboys boss is clearly putting the NFL commish in the cross-hairs at least in part because of the six-game suspension he initially gave Dallas running back Ezekiel Elliott. (Elliott has been allowed to play after receiving a preliminary injunction from a Texas judge.)

Goodell recently said that his relationship with Kraft was "never strained" because of the Deflategate. The Patriots owner did offer a slightly different tone to the  New York Daily News prior to last season's Super Bowl, saying of the dealings between the two, "I don't know if it will ever be the same, but in order to do what is best for the Patriots franchise long term, I believe it is best to compartmentalize and move on," he said. "Like our quarterback, I am trying to remain positive and look to the future rather than dwell on the past. As a native New Englander, that's easier said than done, but I am doing my best to put the matter behind me."

Jones is evidently taking a bit different tact, one which many New Englanders probably wouldn't mind Kraft getting behind.