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Zack Martin: Cowboys’ Eyeing Training Camp For Contract Talk

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Cowboys' Eyeing Training Camp To Extend Zack Martin's Contract

The Dallas Cowboys have arguably the NFL’s best offensive line, headlined by Tyron Smith, Travis Frederick and Zack Martin. Two out of three of those players have already been locked up for the foreseeable future with quite large contract extensions, and it’s starting to look as if the Cowboys are turning their attention to the third.

Zack Martin is the only All-Pro offensive lineman that hasn’t received a contract extension from the Cowboys, but that could change once the team gets back together for training camp. In fact, this is exactly the formula the Cowboys’ front office used before extending both Tyron Smith and Travis Frederick.

In the past, the Cowboys have used the spring to exercise the fifth-year option on their rookie contracts, then used training camp to discuss long-term extensions. The fifth-year option gives them time to crunch the numbers and see where both sides are at, while also locking up Martin’s services for the season.

I can almost guarantee you the Dallas Cowboys already have an idea of the kind of contract extension it would take to keep Zack Martin a member of the organization for years to come. Stephen Jones has even admitted to already taking a look at the numbers.

“Yeah, we’re kind of looking at them,” he said during an interview on 105.3 The Fan. “We usually work on these things, a lot of times, in training camp. That’s when the player is up for it.”

The good news is, the Cowboys aren’t cash-strapped as much as in years past because of the retirements of both Tony Romo and Doug Free. Plus, smarter spending in free agency gives the organization the wiggle room needed to pay the asking price for a player of Martin’s caliber.

So, don’t expect Zack Martin to be going anywhere soon. The Cowboys will likely meet his asking price, and it will probably be in the same range as Kevin Zeitler’s five-year, $60 million contract with $31.5 million in guarantees. This made Zeitler the top paid offensive guard in the league, but that might not be for very much longer.

Zack MartinZack Martin’s contract could even possibly exceed what Kevin Zeitler received from the Cleveland Browns during the off-season. There are reasons why this could happen, which is something I’m sure the Cowboys’ front office has already taken into consideration.

For one, Martin is just 26 years old, one year younger than Zeitler. It’s not a huge difference, but I’m sure it will likely come up when negotiations get underway. But, that’s minuscule compared to why Martin will probably receive more money than Zeitler.

The Browns decided to make Zeitler the top paid offensive guard in the NFL, despite not making a single Pro Bowl or All-Pro selection in his first five years in the league with the Cincinnati Bengals. Martin on the other hand has been named to the Pro Bowl in each of his first three seasons in the NFL and was named First Team All-Pro in 2014 and 2016.

If you add all of this up, you can bet that Zack Martin will likely end up becoming the highest-paid offensive guard in the NFL. But, it wouldn’t be out of the question to take some kind of discount in order to keep the offensive line intact by remaining with the Cowboys.

However this all plays out, I don’t see any way the Dallas Cowboys and Zack Martin part ways anytime soon. We all know Jerry Jones is willing to pay whatever it takes when it comes to players he wants to wear the star, and I don’t see any way that changes now.

Do you think the Cowboys and Zack Martin reach an agreement in training camp?

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2 Comments
  • Travis Diggs

    From the second I seen this guy “accidentally” hurt Sean Lee in OTAS, I knew we had something here This guy is the best guard in the league and should be payed like it Pay him Jerry!!! PS: Thanks Stephen for not letting pops pick Johnny College football

    • Brian Martin

      Well said Travis. I don’t think there’s any way they let him get away.

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Sanjay Lal Hired As Cowboys WR Coach

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Sanjay Lal Hired As Cowboys WR Coach

After hiring Paul Alexander to fill their vacant OL coaching position, the Dallas Cowboys are continuing to retool their offensive staff below Scott Linehan. Sanjay Lal has been hired to coach the Cowboys’ wide receivers, replacing Derek Dooley.

Lal has experience as a WR coach with four different teams, dating back to 2009 with the Oakland Raiders. He was promoted up to this position after serving as the Raiders’ quality control coach from 2007-08.

David Moore on Twitter

Sources: Cowboys have reached an agreement with Sanjay Lal to become the team’s WR coach. Lal was with Indianapolis last season and replaces Derek Dooley on the staff.

Most recently, Sanjay Lal coached the receivers for the Indianapolis Colts in 2017. He has also been with the Buffalo Bills and New York Jets.

In this interview with the Colts, Lal mentions being very detail-oriented with a focus on the technical aspects of playing receiver.

Lal beats out former Cowboys WR Miles Austin for this position, earning the right to lead a room of receivers in desperate need of fresh talent. In an offseason that’s been about finding fresh ideas with the coaching staff so far though, the Cowboys have a new voice on offense.

Tell us what you think about “Sanjay Lal Hired As Cowboys WR Coach” in the comments below. You can also email me at Sean.Martin@InsideTheStar.com, or Tweet to me at @SeanMartinNFL!

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Cowboys Losing Linebackers Coach Matt Eberflus to Colts

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Matt Eberflus, Sean Lee

Multiple sources are reporting Matt Eberflus — who has been the linebackers coach and passing game coordinator for the Dallas Cowboys — will leave to join the Indianapolis Colts as the new defensive coordinator. Eberflus has been with Dallas since 2011, having joined Rob Ryan’s staff when Ryan become the coordinator for the Cowboys’ defense.

He has been the linebackers coach during his entire Dallas tenure and was also named passing game coordinator in 2016.

Tom Pelissero on Twitter

With Josh McDaniels ticketed for the #Colts, former #Cowboys assistant Matt Eberflus is expected to come along as defensive coordinator, I’m told. Lot of parts falling in place now.

If not the Colts, some thought Matt Eberflus might end up replacing Matt Patricia as the defensive coordinator in New England. Either way, it does not appear Dallas could have kept him around while Rod Marinelli remains in his current position.

Eberflus’ work in Dallas speaks for itself, and primarily through LB Sean Lee.

He has been Lee’s position coach for all but his rookie season, and in that time Lee has been one of the top defensive players in all of football.

Beyond Lee, Eberflus has also been able to get quality play out of mid-round picks like Anthony Hitchens and Damien Wilson. We also saw Jaylon Smith make significant progress this season.

Given Matt Eberflus has never worked with Josh McDaniels before, the fact he was on the Colts’ radar says a lot.

Make no mistake; the Cowboys lost a good one here.

Don’t panic, however. Coach Marinelli has cast a very wide net during his time in the NFL and there are a lot of potential guys, some with plenty of experience, that Dallas might look to.

It’s entirely possible that Eberflus’ replacement will be someone who Marinelli spends 2018 grooming to take over as the defensive coordinator.

Still, of all the coaching changes so far for Dallas, this one hurts most.

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Cowboys Hire Longtime Bengals OL Coach Paul Alexander

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Cowboys Hire Longtime Bengals OL Coach Paul Alexander

Thus far the 2018 offseason has brought a plethora of change to the Dallas Cowboys coaching staff, especially on the offensive side of the ball. Now it is being reported the Cowboys have hired a brand new offensive line coach, former Cincinnati Bengals’ Offensive Line Coach Paul Alexander.

Alex Marvez on Twitter

Source tells @sportingnews that Paul Alexander hired as new @dallascowboys offensive line coach

Alexander coached with the Bengals for over 20 years, and replaces the same man in Dallas who replaces him in Cincinnati, Frank Pollack. Alexander has also been the Bengals assistant head coach since 2003.

The Cowboys recently lost an assistant head coach when Special Teams Coordinator Rich Bisaccia left for Jon Gruden’s Oakland Raiders.

Per usual, the hire has been met with mixed reactions from Cowboys Nation.

Joey Ickes on Twitter

Since 2003, CIN has had only one season where they finished top-10 in Yards per attempt on the ground… They’ve been bottom-5 in the league 5 times in that span… That’s the OL Coach DAL just hired.

The hiring of an offensive line coach who’s rushing attack finished bottom five in the league in rushing yards per attempt five times since 2003 doesn’t look too great on paper. He will also teach with different techniques and styles than previous Cowboys OL coaches, which could potentially set back the offensive line early in the season.

Plus, respected Bengals’ writer Joe Goodberry did not exactly love the hire for the Cowboys.

Goodberry on Twitter

Pretty bad https://t.co/fysjZqCQ6l

Regardless, this is still a very talented offensive line and one which should lead an effective ground attack based on their talent alone. 2017 proved further that coaching matters a lot in the NFL however, and the wrong hire could set back even the most talented of units.

We will just have to wait and see how this 2018 season ends up playing out.

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