Alex Smith could soon be on his way out of Kansas City.
The Chiefs are expected to consider trade offers for the veteran quarterback after the conclusion of this season, ESPN reported, citing unidentified league sources.
It would be easy, but wrong, to view this as Jones being vindictive about the NFL’s ongoing legal battle against Cowboys star Ezekiel Elliott. Jones has reportedly been expressing his concerns for months about the terms of the proposed extension. The Cowboys owner apparently is not opposed to Goodell getting an extension, he’s just concerned he makes too much money.
“Jerry’s not saying, ‘Don’t hire Roger.’ He’s saying, ‘I hate this [proposed] deal; redo it,'” one source told ESPN.
Goodell earned $44 million in 2015.
Goodell’s extension, which had been expected to be completed before the season, will be discussed in a conference call this week among committee members.
The members of the NFL’s compensation committee include chairman Arthur Blank of the Falcons, Clark Hunt (Chiefs), Robert Kraft (Patriots), John Mara (Giants), Bob McNair (Texans) and Art Rooney II (Steelers).
I think some guys feel like they’ve got to make choices either way and I think this team has great respect for whatever those are. … I don’t always feel comfortable talking about this stuff.