Jerry Jones sends letter seeking special owners’ meeting to address Roger Goodell’s contract
The NFL will not attempt to force Jerry Jones to sell the Dallas Cowboys over his efforts to oppose the owners’ pending contract extension with Commissioner Roger Goodell, according to the owner of one franchise and several others familiar with the situation.
I don’t know where this is coming from about stripping him of his franchise, the owner said Thursday, speaking on the condition of anonymity because of the threat of litigation by Jones. That’s ridiculous. That’s not going to happen.
Owners are scheduled to meet next month in Dallas. The owner said there’s a chance Goodell’s extension could be completed before or at that meeting.
Jones also wrote to Goodell: As you are also aware and concerned, the League has undergone unprecedented upheaval in the last two years, including a significant decline in television ratings, increased advertiser discontent, high-profile litigation concerning player suspensions, and decreasing ticket sales. This is not the time for the League to undertake massive contractual obligations which are inconsistent with the League’s performance.
McDaniels figures to be the front-runner, in part because if it was Vrabel the Colts would have made a move already. Based on the relationship between general manager Chris Ballard and McDaniels, as well as McDaniels’ prowess with the quarterback position, McDaniels has long been in the lead. The only issue is the Colts might have to wait until February to hire him.
In fact, Shurmur is highly regarded inside the Giants’ building, far more than people realize. As for Wilks, the respect GM Dave Gettleman has for him has gone a long way, and he’s very much in the picture. This remains open, though a Vikings loss could force a Monday decision between Shurmur and Wilks.