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Jerry Jones sounds off on Ezekiel Elliott suspension, Roger Goodell drama

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones had plenty to talk about during his appearance Friday morning on 105.3 The Fan (KRLD-FM). Given he’s at the center of multiple NFL firestorms, including Ezekiel Elliott’s protracted suspension issues and drama surrounding his purportedly adversarial role in Roger Goodell’s contract extension negotiations, it’s hardly surprising.

First, regarding Goodell’s contract extension — or lack thereof — Jones explained why he’s considering a potential lawsuit against the NFL over issues surrounding the commissioner.

“This is such an important matter in light of a lot of the things that are going on in the NFL right now,” Jones said during Friday’s interview, as transcribed by The Dallas Morning News. “I basically feel this extension of Roger should be reviewed and approved by all the owners, not just a few of the owners.

“This is simply about making sure that all clubs have input into not only the commissioner’s [contract] extension, but also in future years his decisions. We all see how impactful a commissioner’s decision can be in many areas. We’ve given him a lot of power and I think we need the checks and balances of ownership having to actually be in a position to not just suggest but approve of his decisions. That’s what this is about.”

Jones added he was “disappointed” by the Second Circuit Court’s decision this week to deny Elliott’s emergency injunction to block his suspension. Jones made it clear, however, that his issues with Goodell have less to do with Elliott’s six-game suspension and more to do with substantive matters beyond the Cowboys.

“I’ve been dealing with this commissioner for almost 28 years as an employee of the NFL,” Jones said of Goodell. “Zeke’s been involved here a year, year and a half. Those are really separate issues as to Zeke. The policy we have that has impacted Zeke is more of my issue with the commissioner.”

It goes without saying Jones wields significant influence and power, perhaps more than any other owner. How everything plays out in the days and weeks ahead could have longstanding, far-reaching implications for the NFL’s future.