Zack Martin has $40 million fully guaranteed, as a practical matter

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The details on the new deal signed by Cowboys guard Zack Martin have made their way to PFT. And now they’re making their way to you.

First, the breakdown. Then, the #analysis.

1. Signing bonus: $20 million.

2. Base salary for 2018: $2 million, fully guaranteed.

3. Base salary for 2019: $10 million, fully guaranteed.

4. Base salary for 2020: $11 million. Of that amount, $8 million is guaranteed for injury only at signing. On the fifth day of the 2019 league year, if becomes fully guaranteed.

5. Base salary for 2021: $11 million.

6. Base salary for 2022: $11.841 million.

7. Base salary for 2023: $13.5 million.

8. Roster bonus due on fifth day of 2024 league year: $1 million.

9. Base salary for 2024: $13 million.

10. Workout de-escalator (2019-24): $500,000 per year.

So it’s a six-year, $84 million extension, giving the contract a new-money value of $14 million. That’s more than the $13.3 million average given by the Jaguars to guard Andrew Norwell earlier this year.

And even with an apples-to-apples comparison based on value at signing, the seven-year, $93.341 million deal (Martin was due to make $9.341 million this year) has an annual average of $13.33 million.

The cash flow over the first three years puts Martin at the top of the stack for all guards, with $22 million in the first year, $32 million through two years, and $43 million over three.

As a practical matter, the deal has $40 million fully guaranteed at signing, because the only way to avoid the final $8 million would be to cut him before March 2019, making it a one-year, $32 million contract.

And, yes, the deal commits Martin for seven years. But that’s what the Cowboys do with their offensive lineman. Per a source with knowledge of the situation, the Cowboys actually wanted to get a commitment beyond 2024.

16 responses to “Zack Martin has $40 million fully guaranteed, as a practical matter

  1. Does anyone know where he falls on the NFL top 100? Not knocking the deal, good for him. Just curious what other player thought. Any guards rated higher by player votes?

  2. @vikings1234

    You wonder what other players think ? Last year they had Yak Prescott as the 12 th best player innthe league ! Sure you still want to look at it

  3. Does anyone know where he falls on the NFL top 100? Not knocking the deal, good for him. Just curious what other player thought. Any guards rated higher by player votes?
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    He is the best guard in league as of right now. I hope that helps

  4. I doubt Jerry put this deal together. I don’t think he is that smart because man this deal is brilliant for such a stud and talented football player. 2 years from now, the price for players in his position going to skyrocket and this deal going to look like chump change and probably push Martin outside of the top 10 highest paid guard in football by 2020

  5. chrisdmv says:
    June 14, 2018 at 4:17 pm
    Does anyone know where he falls on the NFL top 100? Not knocking the deal, good for him. Just curious what other player thought. Any guards rated higher by player votes?
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    He is the best guard in league as of right now. I hope that helps

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    Top 5. Not THE best. Not worth LT/RT money either. Goo job Jurrah, may you be the Cowboys GM forever! Signed – The rest of the NFC East.

  6. 24601jvj says:
    June 14, 2018 at 4:19 pm
    Looks like La’el Collins will cash in next year, if there is any money left! Hello again, Cap Hell!
    patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    June 14, 2018 at 4:47 pm
    Welcome to cap hell
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    The good people at overthecap haven’t changed the numbers yet, but before this deal became official, Dallas was projected to be 64+ million under the cap for 2019. There are also potential savings cap wise after this year on top of that in the form of Terrance Williams and Tyrone Crawford. Sean Lee’s contract becomes better for Dallas as well, but they would only cut bait if he were injured again.

    Either hold it in, or just find out before hand. It’s not that hard to make informed opinions, or not at all in these two cases.

  7. It’s worth understand that Martin’s contract is essentially a four-year deal with team options beyond that. He’ll count for $6M against the cap this year, followed by him averaging a value of about $15M a year for the next three. At that point, he would have just $4M in signing bonus left as potential “dead cap” if he were cut, so the team essentially would have a one year option at roughly $15M with the dead cap if he were cut. The team would then have roughly $13M options for the next two years after that with no dead cap if it moves on.

    So that’s in reality a four year, $50M ($12.5M AAV) contract with a manageable $4M hit if the team ends the contract after that, with three year-to-year options tacked on if Martin is still healthy and playing well. Good for the player, and good for the team (not hard to bet on a 28 year old entering his fifth NFL season at a position that generally holds up well).

  8. That’s 3 all-pro offensive lineman locked up through 2023 and all age 27, right in the middle of their prime. Fantastic. Especially considering the cap is only going to go up and they’re numbers will not be near the top the last 2-3 years of their deals.

    Hate away. Want to know where he lands in the Top 100? I don’t. 2 all-pro selections and 2 second team all-pro selections is all you need to know about Zack Martin. Oh, did we mention he’s played and started 64 games out of a possible 64 games during his 4 year career. Is it salty in here or is it just me?

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