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Roger Goodell Reportedly "Furious" At Being Offered Non-Guaranteed Contract

Roger Goodell Reportedly

Commissioner Roger Goodell, who has become fabulously wealthy thanks to the guaranteed contracts he's enjoyed for the last 11 years, has never seemed too concerned by the fact that so many of his league's players can have their salaries voided at any moment. According to the New York Times, the Cowboys owner has hired the services of high powered attorney David Boyce.

The New York Times on Wednesday cited three people as saying Jerry Jones had hired a lawyer and threatened to sue the NFL and some team owners to stop contract-extension negotiations for the league's commissioner, Roger Goodell.

While a six-game suspension was eventually given, Elliott has still played in every game for the Cowboys, with his punishment now being appealed.

According to ESPN, Goodell made $212.5 million from 2006 through 2015. Jones has been outspoken over the issue, which has gone beyond the scope of the National Football League and become a social and political topic in recent weeks. Elliott faced domestic violence allegations from a former girlfriend, though he was neither arrested nor charged with a crime by authorities in Columbus, Ohio, following an investigation.

While there are plenty of criticisms of Goodell, including questions about television ratings and much of the attention for this season on player anthem protests, it's easy to wonder if Jones is getting back at Goodell for suspending his star running back Ezekiel Elliott.

ESPN's Adam Schefter and Chris Mortensen reported in October that the Atlanta Falcons' owner, Arthur Blank, the committee member they described as the "point man" for a Goodell extension, had invited Jones on as an "ad hoc committee adviser".

Jones has been vocal in his disapproval of Goodell's decision to suspend the Cowboys' star running back six games on August 11 for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy. Jones is considered one of the most powerful and influential owners in the league.