Jerry Jones tried his hardest to ensure that Roger Goodell's mamoth $200 million contract extension wouldn't be signed last week, per ESPN.
The Dallas Cowboys owner and general manager put forth a resolution to table the contract talks for six months prior to the agreement, according to a confidential memo obtained by ESPN.
Jones' proposal, on page 10 of the 32-page agenda for this week's league meeting, was submitted on Dec. 1, titled Proposed Resolution 2017 G-7, by the Dallas Cowboys. In it, Jones argued for a six-month "moratorium on any and all actions taken pursuant" to Goodell's new contract, "specifically, that the Commissioner's extension is not finalized during such moratorium."
ESPN writes that Jones asked for a vote on the resolution to be taken under secret ballot, which is normally reserved for only the most critical league matters. Pro Football Talk reported in November that Jones planned to introduce a secret-ballot measure.
Jones spent the past few weeks trying to build support to delay or derail Goodell's contract. But in the end, one of the most powerful men in American sports was able to amass only a group of approximately five owners to be on his side.
"The owners who supported [Jones] are not exactly influencers and arm-twisters," one owner said. "They're just happy that Jerry wanted to talk to them."
Owners last Wednesday overwhelmingly supported Goodell's extension, a heavily incentive-based deal worth approximately $40 million annually and running through 2023.