The Dallas Cowboys know that they need to keep guard Zack Martin on their team.
He is one of the best players in the league at his position, Pro Football Focus has him rated as the second-best guard in the NFL, and he has also started every game since the Cowboys selected him in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft. Both sides tried to negotiate a contract-extension during the offseason, but an agreement wasn’t reached.
Martin stopped negotiations, because he didn’t want to be distracted during the season. However, negotiations will pick back up this offseason,
“I think we had good talks,” Martin said, via ESPN’s Todd Archer. “It was just at the time, I didn’t want it to linger during the season and think about it. Kind of held it and played this year so hopefully we can talk and get something done here this offseason.”
The Cowboys can exercise an option on Martin for next season the would pay him just over $9 million, via Archer.
However, there is no need for that kind of hassle. They already lost two starting offensive linemen prior to the 2017 season, guard Ronald Leary to free agency and tackle Doug Free to retirement, and left tackle Tyron Smith battled injury throughout 2017.
The offensive line was not nearly as dominant as it had been in recent years, and that is part of the reason that the offense struggled. Martin is entering the prime of his career. The Cowboys need to make sure that those years are spent in Dallas so they try to strengthen the group around him, Smith and center Travis Frederick.