Cowboys owner Jerry Jones took a lead role in an owners-only meeting last week in Arizona, where discussion topics included NFL commissioner Roger Goodell’s next contract, the league’s marijuana policy and its practice of investigating players’ off-field misconduct, Pro Football Talk reports.
While several owners want more influence in determining Goodell’s next contract, Jones suggested all owners be involved. The feeling among some owners is that they are paying Goodell too much money, according to PFT. SportsBusiness Daily reported last July that Goodell earned almost $32 million in 2015.
Jones also suggested to his fellow owners that the NFL lift its ban on marijuana. Other owners noted that doing so could be used as a bargaining chip as the league and NFLPA negotiate their next labor deal.
While Jones also encouraged owners to consider ending the league’s practice of investigating off-field legal matters, an NFL spokesperson told PFT that the league remains committed to doing its own investigative work.
Putting into context Jones’ position on marijuana and off-field investigations, PFT notes several Cowboys players —Rolando McClain, DeMarcus Lawrence and Randy Gregory —have been suspended recently for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy, and that Jones has been frustrated with the league’s less-than-expeditious investigation into Ezekiel Elliott’s alleged domestic violence incident.
But Jones, one of the league’s most influential owners, remains committed to Goodell, according to the report. And while Jones wants a larger voice in the three issues he addressed in Arizona last week, no significant changes are expected any time soon.