Cowboys will exercise Zack Martin’s fifth-year option

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Since the new Collective Bargaining Agreement came into effect in 2011, teams have had the right to exercise a fifth-year option on the contracts of their first-round picks after the player has wrapped up his third year in the NFL.

There are times when such decisions may be difficult, but the one Dallas has to make this offseason isn’t in that category. They picked right guard Zack Martin in the first round of the 2014 draft and watched him become one of the best players at the position right away. He’s a two time selection for the All-Pro first-team and made the Associated Press‘ second unit after the 2015 season.

Martin’s success means it is little surprise that Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones said, via Brandon George of the Dallas Morning News, that the team will be exercising their option on his contract for the 2019 season.

Jones called it a “big priority” to keep Martin around and the Cowboys will likely start the push for an extension at some point this offseason. They already have left tackle Tyron Smith and center Travis Frederick signed to long-term deals and locking Martin up would keep the core of a strong offensive line in place for years to come.

7 responses to “Cowboys will exercise Zack Martin’s fifth-year option

  1. At least Steven is smart enoug to realize exactly where the bread is buttered in that offense, unlike someone else higher up the Dallas front office food chain….

  2. Over the cap has the Cowboys at 9 Million over the cap currently.
    They’ll need to dispose of some salary. Most likely they’ll need to clear out Romo’s salary.
    They will be lucky that Dak and Zeke will come relatively cheap.

  3. But wait, all the really smart posters on here told us Martin was a wasted pick and we could have got him in the 4th round. I’m starting to think some people just like to criticize the Cowboys because they are the Cowboys.

  4. I remember when that pick came up, “Oh, of course Jerry will take Manziel”

    Travis Frederick over Manti Te’o in 2013 was similar.

    Smart drafting to get wins on the field instead of getting marketing off the field has paid dividends.

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