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Cowboys pick up fifth-year option on Zack Martin


On the scale of #asexpected when it comes to fifth-year options for 2014 first-rounders, Cowboys guard Zack Martin was near the top of the list.

According to Field Yates of ESPN, the Cowboys did, in fact, pick up his 2018 option today.

For Martin, it’s worth $9.341 million in 2018.

For the Cowboys, he represents much more than that in a symbolic way and on the field. Rather than burn a first-rounder on quarterback Johnny Manziel as owner Jerry Jones was seemingly itching to do, the Cowboys went with the “safer” pick, and found the Notre Dame guard who has become one of the top interior blockers in the league.

They also avoided a sideshow, which has helped them become stable on the field as well, as part of a line that allowed them to survive a rookie quarterback last year, thanks to a rookie running back who had plenty of lanes through which to run.

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12 Responses to “Cowboys pick up fifth-year option on Zack Martin”
  1. stucats says: Apr 18, 2017 8:00 AM

    THE best guard in the N.F.L. hands down!

  2. bettis3636 says: Apr 18, 2017 8:11 AM

    What took so long????

  3. abninf says: Apr 18, 2017 8:43 AM


  4. sportoficionado says: Apr 18, 2017 9:24 AM

    The Gob is a beast. Much more than just a lineman he is a foundational player aND best guard in the national football league.

  5. chrisdmv says: Apr 18, 2017 9:26 AM

    GOOD. Now lets renew that contract and keep that line together. Draft a strong powerful young RT and keep that wall strong

  6. jerryyouradisgrace says: Apr 18, 2017 9:32 AM

    Best Guard in the NFL

  7. metalup666 says: Apr 18, 2017 9:35 AM

    No brainer! If there isn’t a lineman in the draft that they like, maybe pick up Clady on the cheap if you can and move him to guard or right tackle. If not a starter, to help with depth.

  8. redlikethepig says: Apr 18, 2017 9:36 AM

    Hard to pay everyone. Life in the Salary Cap era.

  9. ipeefreelyagain says: Apr 18, 2017 11:01 AM

    No one gets criticized more for not drafting a bad player (as if he DID draft him (Manziel)), than Jerry Jones. Talk all you want about he wanted this or that, but let actions speak louder than words, particularly with team interest in specific players pre-draft, and certainly during the draft.

  10. dallasbeast says: Apr 18, 2017 3:24 PM

    Future Hall of Famer and Cowboys Ring of Honor member. Another prime example of greatness, hard work, humble, competitiveness. Shades of Larry Allen… Now, let’s do right by the man and get him a long term deal!

  11. darksidecowboy says: Apr 18, 2017 3:31 PM

    How bout them COWBOYS!

    Draft another HOF’r this year JJ

  12. jerrysglassescleaner says: Apr 18, 2017 10:11 PM

    With Smith, Fredrick and soon to be Martin locked, those are our 90’s version of the triplets. Not the sexy picks but the core to this team. Best trifecta in the nfl HANDS DOWN! With those 3 locked, you can pretty much pick up anyone off the street on the cheap for the other spots on the line and these triplets will elevate their game making them look like pro bowlers. Made Doug Free look like a HoF. Now lets go heavy on defense in the draft and get to the Super bowl!

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