According to Adam Schefter, the Dallas Cowboys and their All-Pro offensive guard Zack Martin have decided to shut down contract talks for now, but plan on trying again next off-season.
Cowboys and All-Pro G Zack Martin have halted contract discussions until after season, per @toddarcher. They'll try again next off-season.
The two sides tentatively set a late August deadline for the contract extension to get finalized in order for it not to become a distraction during the season. Unfortunately, there has been very little progress and both sides decided it would be best to shut things down for now to focus on the 2017 season.
The Dallas Cowboys have used the off-season, and more specifically training camp, to work out contract extensions in the past with players like Travis Frederick and Tyron Smith. But, Zack Martin's contract may be little more tricky to get done.
Fortunately, there is no need to worry. The Dallas Cowboys have exercised Martin's fifth-year option, which means he is slated to make $9.341 million in 2018. Martin however would without a doubt have preferred a long-term extension for financial security, especially since the fifth-your option only protects against injury.
It is a little odd however that the Dallas Cowboys and Zack Martin were unable to come to terms on a contract extension. As of yet, there hasn't been an explanation as to why both parties were unable to come to an agreement, so we are left to speculate on what might be the hold up.
First off, Zack Martin is one of the best offensive guards in the entire NFL and is probably looking to be compensated as such. The Cleveland Browns signed Kevin Zeitler to a five-year $60 million contract with $23 million guaranteed this off-season to make him the highest-paid offensive guard in the NFL. That is likely the starting point for Martin's contract extension, but his deal will likely exceed what the Browns paid Zeitler, because his credentials are better.
Zack Martin has earned a trip to the Pro Bowl in every season since entering the NFL (2014-2016), whereas Kevin Zeitler has yet to earn that distinction even though he has been in the league two years longer. Hence, age also works in Martin's favor in contract discussions.
Secondly, the Dallas Cowboys have to be careful with how they work Zack Martin's contract for future purposes. The Cowboys already have a lot of money tied up in the offensive line having already given Tyron Smith, Travis Frederick and most recently La'el Collins contract extensions. They have to make sure that every little detail is just right so that they don't handicap themselves in the future by investing all the resources in one area.
Fortunately, next year might just be the best time to finalize a contract extension for Zack Martin. There are very few players waiting in the wings for an extension next season and the Cowboys can create more cap space by getting out of the few bad contracts. It doesn't really change the trickiness of Martin's extension, but it does give the Cowboys more wiggle room to work something out.
I for one am not particularly concerned that Zack Martin and the Dallas Cowboys won't be able to come to terms on a contract extension. Jerry Jones is known for keeping players he wants and will do whatever is within his power to make things happen.
So, even though the Dallas Cowboys and Zack Martin have shut down contract talks for now, don't expect him to be wearing anything but a star on his helmet anytime soon.
How do you feel about the Cowboys and Zack Martin shutting down contract talks?
5 Dallas Cowboys Make 2019 Pro Bowl Roster
The Dallas Cowboys will be well represented in the 2019 Pro Bowl. Last night, five players were named to the NFC roster: RB Ezekiel Elliott, OT Tyron Smith, G Zack Martin, DE DeMarcus Lawrence, and CB Byron Jones.
Dallas tied the Chicago Bears and New Orleans Saints for the most players to the NFC team. However, the Los Angeles Chargers led all teams with seven players making the AFC squad. The Chiefs and Steelers had six players each.
Congratulations to #DallasCowboys @Byron31Jump, Tyron Smith, @TankLawrence, @thegob70 and @EzekielElliott who are #ProBowl Bound!
Byron Jones is the only first-time Pro Bowler among the Cowboys. He's been one of the best cornerbacks in football this year, switching back to the position after a few years playing safety.
This will be the second-straight Pro Bowl for DeMarcus Lawrence, who remains among the league's most feared pass rushers. It's also the second trip for Ezekiel Elliott, who went as a rookie but missed last year's game with his suspension issues.
Pro Bowl fixtures Tyron Smith and Zack Martin return for the sixth and fifth-straight years, respectively. For Martin, it preserves his streak of making the team every year since he came into the NFL.
Even with these five players being named, you could argue that Dallas deserved a couple more. Rookie LB Leighton Vander Esch has been one of the top defensive players in the league this year. And WR Amari Cooper, once he got to Dallas, has been as productive as any receiver in football.
That aside, congratulations to Zeke, Tyron, Zack, Tank, and Byron for making this year's team!
Maliek Collins Playing Excellent for Cowboys Defense
For the Dallas Cowboys on the interior, a lot of the news consistently surround the availability of Defensive Tackle David Irving, but Maliek Collins is playing excellent right now. While I'm willing to be very patient with Irving because of the elite talent he brings, Maliek Collins should continue to start for the Dallas Cowboys at 3-technique defensive tackle.
Collins has been a player that the Cowboys have bounced between the nose tackle and the 3T position with the hopes of getting their best players on the field, and because of the lack of a consistent presence at the 1-technique or nose tackle position. Well, with Antwaun Woods taking control at the 1T, Collins has been able to play at the position where he's at his best. The 3-tech.
He hasn't put huge numbers in the sack column this season, but that doesn't mean he's been absent from being the disruptive player he's been through his first two and a half seasons.
During the Dallas Cowboys five game winning streak, Maliek Collins has led the Dallas Cowboys defensive tackles in total pressures with 13, according to Pro Football Focus. PFF combines sacks, quarterback hits, and hurries into their "pressures." Collins hasn't recorded a sack during the winning streak, but he has four quarterback hits and nine hurries. He's tied with Tyrone Crawford for third in total pressures behind DeMarcus Lawrence and Randy Gregory over the last five weeks.
Over the last five weeks, Collins leads the defensive tackles in solo tackles with five and is tied with Crawford and Antwaun Woods with three run stops on defense, according to Pro Football Focus. Collins has also has two tackles for loss in the last five games and recovered Tyrone Crawford's force fumble on Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles.
Collins had six sacks in his rookie season when he played primarily as the 3T, which allowed him to see more one-on-one blocks against opposing interior offensive linemen. Especially with the way the rest of the defensive line is playing.
With the Cowboys on the road to face the Indianapolis Colts this week, Collins is going to have a tough matchup with a very good Colts offensive line, in particular, rookie Quentin Nelson. Collins ability to get pressure on Andrew Luck on the interior is a huge key for the Dallas Cowboys this week. We know that Gregory and Lawrence will get their pressures, but if Andrew Luck is able to step up into a clean pocket, it will make for a much more challenging game for the Cowboys secondary.
Collins has proved to be up to any task over the last five weeks and if he's able to keep playing at such a high level, he'll make the Cowboys coaching staff, and the rest of Cowboys Nation forget about using other defensive tackles. For the Cowboys to make a deep push in the playoffs, they'll need Collins to be a big time player for them moving forward.
Amari Cooper Wins 2nd NFC Offensive Player of the Week Award of 2018
For the second time in just three weeks, Dallas Cowboys receiver Amari Cooper has been named the NFC Offensive Player of the Week.
Cooper scored three touchdowns, including the game winner in overtime, to lead the Cowboys to victory last Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles. He has 10 catches for 217 yards, which led all NFL receivers last week.
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As the official website stated, Cooper is the first Cowboy to win the award twice in the same year. He's also the first Cowboy to be named Offensive Player of the Week since Ezekiel Elliott in 2016.
Before this year, Elliott was the only Dallas player to win the Offensive award in three seasons. Cooper has now done it twice in three weeks.
Since being traded to the Cowboys, Amari Cooper has amassed 40 catches for 642 yards and six touchdowns.
His wasted time in Oakland may keep Cooper out of the Pro Bowl this year, but he's already become a fan favorite in Cowboys Nation. Congratulations to Amari for another well-deserved award!
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