The Dallas Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones on Tuesday, August 8, said that the front office franchise is negotiating a contract extension with guard Zack Martin.
Jones noted that he isn’t laying a timetable on when the two sides need to complete a contract extension deal, according to ESPN.com’s Todd Archer:
“I’m never going to put a deadline on something like that. Sometimes players don’t like to think about it a lot, but then you’re able to work behind the scenes sometimes and still get it to where they’re comfortable. But obviously we’re going to respect Zack and how he wants the mechanics of the process to work and we’ll work within those. I fully suspect we’ll work something out at some point in time and he’ll be a Dallas Cowboy for most of his career, in my mind.”
Martin has two more years remaining on his current contract, as the Dallas Cowboys opted to pick up his fifth-year option for 2018 NFL season.
While the executive vice president contemplates to make every effort to secure and lock up Martin to a longer term with the organization, he acknowledged that he doesn’t know when or if it will happen sooner:
“It’s too early for me to speculate whether we’re close or whether this thing can get done or not. We’d love to get it done, but there’s two sides to this.
But the Dallas Cowboys very own executive VP Jone said that the contract extension will be pushed trough:
“Certainly, it’s not easy to figure out exactly where it should be, but the good news is I think Zack really wants to be a Dallas Cowboy and we really want him to be a Dallas Cowboy. That’s helpful.”
Since getting acquired with the No. 16 overall selection in the first round of the 2014 NFL draft, Martin has been one of the league’s premier offensive linemen.
The 26-year-old has been named to the Pro Bowl in each of his first three year of his NFL career, and he is already a two-time All-Pro first-team selection.
The Notre Dame product has started all 48 games at right guard for the Dallas Cowboys during his starting professional American football career, and he is a pivotal piece of what has been the NFL’s top offensive line in recent seasons.
In 2016, Martin has been an imperative player for the Cowboys as he helped pave the way for the league’s No. 2 rushing attack and the leading individual rusher in running back Ezekiel Elliott.