Zack Martin Contract Update And His Cowboys 'Normalcy'

Mike Fisher
May 17, 2018 - 8:29 am
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FRISCO (105.3 THE FAN) - The Dallas Cowboys continue to plan for a big-money extension for Zack Martin, arguably the best guard in football.

Martin remains optimistic, too, though when I asked him on Wednesday where his head is at on the subject, his answer was telling.

“I think it’s been better after we’ve gotten into the facility with all the guys,” he said from the Cowboys' charity Home Run Derby. “I really don’t think about it now, because I’m with those guys working out and kind of back to normal.''

That's surely the right approach, especially as these negotiations have now spanned, what, a year-and-a-half?

The Cowboys exercised the fifth-year option on Martin's contract last spring. But that expires after the 2018 season, and nobody inside The Star wishes for him to become an unrestricted free agent.

And the 16th-overall pick in 2014, envisioning a "Cowboy For Life'' deal, doesn't want that, either.

"I was lucky enough to be drafted here and I want to be here for my career,'' Martin said recently.

The cost of retaining the four-time All-Pro keeps going up, however.

The NFL's highest-paid guard is Kevin Zeitler of the Cleveland Browns, who signed a five-year, $60-mil extension one year ago. Martin and his representatives have every right to ask for something in excees of that.

The Cowboys' plan to keep this gang together for a while, which is why they made both Travis Frederick and Tyron Smith the highest-paid center and left tackle, respectively, when it was their time.
"We'll see what happens,'' Zack said.

But now it's Martin's time to get, say, a five-year (or six-year) deal in excess of $60 million (or $75 million).

First, though, Zack Martin will control what he can control. Which is the normalcy of "working out with his guys.''