Zack Martin disappointed contract talks are on hold

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Zack Martin and the Cowboys have called off contract talks until after the season after failing to reach an agreement before the start of the season. Talks between the sides began weeks ago and ended without a new deal for the All-Pro right guard.

“Yeah, it’s a little disappointing,” Martin said, via Brandon George of the Dallas Morning News. “But at the end of the day, it’s a business. We couldn’t come to an agreement, so that’s all right. I’m under contract. I can focus on football and get excited for the season and that’s the only thing on my mind.”

Martin said he remains committed to the Cowboys, who hold his rights through the 2018 season after picking up his fifth-year option worth $9.341 million. Martin’s future deal likely will exceed that of Cleveland’s Kevin Zeitler, who became the league’s highest-paid guard with a five-year, $60 million deal that included $31 million guaranteed.

Martin declined to comment when asked whether the two sides ever got close.

“I think I did a good job of just staying to the grind and getting ready for the year,” Martin said. “So it’s great to have that as the only thing on my mind right now.”

8 responses to “Zack Martin disappointed contract talks are on hold

  1. “Yeah, it’s a little disappointing. But at the end of the day, it’s a business. We couldn’t come to an agreement, so that’s all right. I’m under contract. I can focus on football and get excited for the season and that’s the only thing on my mind.”

    Not even remotely a Dallas fan, but that’s a man with character and integrity.

  2. Dallas did a good job drafting their oline these past few years – both from a skill standpoint (which is obvious) and in a business/professional aspect. Tthey say, and more importantly do, the right things… Which says a lot given some of their players and recent actions/suspensions

  3. Hey Aaron Donald…maybe you should take some contract negotiation notes from this guy. He reported for training camp and preseason work and he’s not even thinking about missing any real games. Meanwhile, you’re in Pittsburgh, away from your teammates and being selfish.

  4. This worries me…don’t mess this up Jerry. We have plenty of cap room and will have even more next offseason…get him locked up and quit messing around. No matter what he says he’s still thinking about it…really hope it doesn’t effect his play.

  5. I. don’t think Jerrah or the Rams want to start a trend on their teams that they’ll renegotiate contracts with 2+ years on them (3 because of the franchise tag) UNLESS they can do so at a substantial discount in return for the player to get his payday sooner. You think these guys are billionaires because they like giving away the farm?
    What’s going to happen is Donald will end up reporting in time to get another year’s service credit so he can get that payday sooner. Mack, Martin and Donald will get paid with lucrative extensions NEXT summer, not now.

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