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Cowboys, G Zack Martin Shut Down Contract Talks For Season

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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.

Adam Schefter on Twitter

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.

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RG Zack Martin

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?



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  1. BrokeDog

    September 4, 2017 at 3:31 pm

    I can’t figure out the hold-up … unless Martin is wanting to become the highest paid OL in the history of the NFL (?) To me, THAT is the only thing that would stop Jerry (or Stephen) from getting this deal done. Jerry has ALWAYS over-paid for players who are the best at what they do … and I’m sure he would’ve here. But, evidently, something from the Martin camp is holding this deal up. And, in my opinion, it’s Martin asking for the world.
    But, what’ll probably happen is … sometime this week, we will hear that Martin has signed for the most of any GUARD in the NFL.

    • Brian Martin

      Brian Martin

      September 4, 2017 at 4:40 pm

      Zack Martin deserves to be paid as the highest offensive guard in the NFL. I think it’s the way the contract is worded and the guaranteed money involved that is probably holding things up. I have 0% concern it will not get done, but everybody involved is probably looking for a mutually beneficial extension.

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Cowboys Offseason: Landon Collins Cleaned Out Locker, Set to be FA

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Cowboys Headlines - #DALvsNYG: Dealing With Giants Safety Landon Collins

It's no secret that the Dallas Cowboys are heading into the 2019 offseason looking to upgrade at the safety position on a defense that finished inside the top 10 in 2018. With much of the focus on Earl Thomas, New York Giants Safety Landon Collins has become the center of attention in the last couple of days.

Per a report by Josina Anderson, Collins cleaned out his locker on Wednesday as he gets ready to go into free agency for the first time.

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I'm told that Giants S Landon Collins cleaned out his locker today at the team facility and said his goodbyes to teammates, coaches and trainers. It doesn't seem like Collins expects to be a Giant for much longer, per sources.

After Paul Schwartz attempted to assert that there was no claim to the report...

Paul Schwartz on Twitter

Attention those who care about the New York Giants: Landon Collins HAS NOT cleaned out his locker at the team facility. Repeat: Landon Collins HAS NOT cleaned out his locker at the team facility. Go about your business and have a nice day.

And Landon Collins had this to say...

https://twitter.com/TheHumble_21/status/1098315997839265792

If cleaning out a locker is any kind of evidence, then Collins is prepared to hit the market when free agency opens on March 13th. He joins a loaded safety group that includes Thomas, Houston Texans Safety Tyrann Mathieu, Los Angeles Rams Safety LaMarcus Joyner, Glover Quin of the Detroit Lions, Ha-Ha Clinton-Dix formerly of the Green Bay Packers, but most recently of the Washington Redskins, and several others who could find new homes this offseason.

The Cowboys are very familiar with Landon Collins, as they've seen him nearly twice a year over the last four years. The three time Pro Bowler was one of the best players on the Giants defense. They would line him up in the box and at time use him to cover Cole Beasley.

Collins ranked first in the NFL according to Pro Football Focus in run stop percentage at 7.2%. Meaning on running snaps, he made a tackle that rendered the running play ineffective 7.2% of the time.For further reference, Jeff Heath made a run stop on 4.2% of his run plays, which was 15th in the NFL among safeties.

The only positions to have more of an impact on the running game were linebackers and the defensive line. Even if you include linebackers, his run stop percentage was 31st in the NFL. Leighton Vander Esch led the Dallas Cowboys with a run stop percentage of 11.3%, which was third among linebackers. Collins number nearly matched the run stop percentage of Jaylon Smith at 7.6%.

Add Collins to a defense that stops the run as well as the Dallas Cowboys did last season and you take your team to another level against the run.

Landon Collins will probably get the most money this offseason. He's only 25 and has had success in the NFL. Many teams will be reaching out to Collins when free agency opens and the Dallas Cowboys should certainly be one of those teams. Collins would be an excellent addition to the Dallas Cowboys defense and would allow Xavier Woods to stay in his role as the free safety.

We're just under three weeks away from the start of NFL free agency and the drama will only get bigger as the Cowboys look to add to their team.



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Report: Free Agent DL David Irving Not in Dallas Cowboys’ 2019 Plans

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The Dallas Cowboys and troubled Defensive Lineman David Irving appear to be at an impasse. According to a report from David Moore of the Dallas Morning News, the team has "no intention" of trying to re-sign Irving and will allow him to become an unrestricted free agent.

Irving started the 2018 season with a four-game suspension for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy. He only appeared in two games after that, registering one sack and four tackles.

David Moore on Twitter

Source: Cowboys have no intention of keeping DT David Irving at this time https://t.co/vqMNZty6Aq via @sportsdaydfw

Despite reports of David's ongoing issues with an ankle injury, Dallas never placed him on injured reserve. Then came the reports that Irving was missing practices and team meetings while dealing with personal issues related to the custody of his daughter.

The team stayed pretty mum on the subject of Irving's status throughout the year, falling back on the ankle injury when pushed. But after months, it became clear that either David, the team, or both parties were disinterested in his return to football.

The Cowboys had high hopes after 2017, when Irving posted seven sacks in just eight games. They placed a second-round tender on him last offseason as a restricted free agent and were surely ready to give him a long-term deal if he'd built on that success.

But David's issues, physical or otherwise, have clearly done the opposite.

Dallas is known for working with troubled players, as we've recently seen with Randy Gregory. That they're closing the book on Irving suggests there's an issue with his desire towards football.

It's a sad loss for both. David's potential is enormous, as evidenced by his productivity when he actually does play. But he appears more likely to hit the Commissioner's exempt list in 2019 than the football field, given the reports of multiple failed drug tests over the last year.

Hopefully David Irving can turn things around one day and capitalize on his talent. But if it ever happens, it appears that it won't be with the Dallas Cowboys.



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BREAKING: WR Terrance Williams Gets Dropped by Dallas Cowboys

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Takeaway Tuesday: What We Learned From Cowboys Loss To Packers
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The Dallas Cowboys have ended their six-year relationship with Wide Receiver Terrance Williams. According to multiple sources, they have declined a team option on Williams' contract and he will now be an unrestricted free agent in 2019.

The move will reportedly save the Cowboys $2.25 million in salary space this year.

Williams was the team's third-round pick in 2013 and started 68 of the 83 games he played in. He developed into a solid number-two receiver by the end of his rookie deal in 2016 and was given a new four-year contract that offseason.

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Terrance Williams career w/ the Cowboys is done. Sources say the club has declined the WR's option for 2019, making him a free agent. The move is no surprise. He caught just 2 passes for 18 yards last season. His departure frees up $2.25 million on the cap.

After another decent year in 2017, things took a bad turn for Terrance last season. It started with an offseason arrest for public intoxication that eventually led to a three-game suspension, although Williams served that while on injured reserve.

The Cowboys already appeared to be giving Williams' spot away when they made several offseason acquisitions at WR; Allen Hurns, Michael Gallup, and Tavon Austin all were brought in even before Terrance's arrest.

While Williams did start in two of Dallas' first three games in 2018, he only had three passes his thrown his way. The team finally put him on IR due to ongoing complications with a surgically-repaired foot.

While it didn't end well, Terrance Williams' time in Dallas was ultimately a solid return for a third-round pick. He made a few big plays and was a proficient run-blocker, good enough to start in almost 75% of the team's games since he was drafted.

The Cowboys now hope that another third-round pick, Michael Gallup in 2018, will do bigger and better things.



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