Inside Dallas Cowboys Minicamp Plans For Martin And Irving

Mike Fisher
June 07, 2018 - 1:59 pm
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FRISCO (105.3 THE FAN)  - Dallas Cowboys coach Jason Garrett told the media on Thursday that he's unsure if right guard Zack Martin and defensive lineman David Irving will participate in next week's mandatory three-day minicamp. 

"I don't really know," Garrett said while supervising "Cowboys U,'' the team's charity-driven involvement in a youth touch-football tournament at The Star. "David's been in and out over the course of these OTAs. When he's been here for practice he's just run on the side. Zack has not practiced with us since we started OTAs but he has been working out in the building, so we'll see.''

But in the case of Martin, the Cowboys do know. They already have a plan.

And in the case of Irving? Well, they have a hope.

Martin has been working out here inside the team's facility, but as part of what we'll call a "peaceful protest'' is protecting himself from injury did not take part in on-field OTA action. As we reported earlier this week, sources tell me that the Cowboys and Martin have already forged an understanding that next week, the All-Pro guard can avoid being fined for missing mandatory work by continuing his attendance -- without doing much on the field.

Not being fined for three days missed means avoiding $84,000 worth of animosity -- hardly worth it as the parties work toward a new contract  extension that might be in the range of five years and more than $67 million, which would make him the highest paid guard in the NFL.

In Irving's case, he's not practiced during OTAs because he's not in "football condition'' and because of what I've termed "emotional turmoil'' stemming from apparently false domestic violence accusations made by his girlfriend, their ensuing breakup, and Irving's successful custody battle involving his young daughter.

"He's been handling some things in his life right now, so he has not been a regular participant in the offseason program, so when he's been here we have not put him into practice," Garrett said.

People close to Irving, inside and outside the building, believe -- and hope -- that his issues are cleared up in time for training camp in Oxnard, which begins July 24.

And as for next week? Garrett said that the organization has "a structure in place on our team for how we fine people. ...We'll take each situation individually."

That could mean one plan for Irving, which is still unclear. ... and another plan for Martin, which has already been determined.