A lawsuit over Goodell's contract could be very costly for Jerry Jones

Jerry Jones Not Backing Down in Goodell Contract Fight AP

Jerry Jones Not Backing Down in Goodell Contract Fight AP

"I disagree", Jones said last week on a radio appearance.

"Roger [Goodell] has nearly 18 months left [on his contract]", Jones explained. The New York Times reported Monday that the committee sent Jones a cease-and-desist warning after holding a conference call earlier in the day to discuss Goodell's potential extension.

On Saturday, committee chairman Arthur Blank of the Atlanta Falcons removed Jones as an ad-hoc, non-voting member of the committee due to his threat to sue. Jones has stood behind Elliott through the entire legal process, even though the running back eventually lost in court - the CBA does give Goodell the power he's using - and is now serving that suspension.

Jones, however, is not backing down.

"He's served about 60 percent, roughly, 65 percent of this contract", Jones said on 105.3 The Fan in Dallas on Tuesday. "We've got all the time in the world to evaluate what we're doing". One owner told Sports Illustrated's Peter King that he believes Jones wants to "overthrow" Goodell. "We do not intend to publicly comment on our discussions".

In addition to the cease-and-desist warning, some owners are reportedly discussing a nuclear option - the long-shot possibility of making Jones forfeit his ownership in the Cowboys. If Jones can rally more support, his stance against Goodell may still take several more turns.

Jones' efforts to derail the five-year extension for the commissioner, which has been in the works for months and is almost complete, has annoyed a growing number of owners, who are angry that Jones has tried to hold Goodell's compensation hostage as a way to punish the commissioner for his decision to suspend Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott.

Belson reported that the league consider other punishments toward Jones, such as fines, docking draft picks, or even suspending him.

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