After getting deals done for Tyron Smith and Travis Frederick in camp, and with young La’el Collins emerging, Dallas Cowboys Vice President Stephen Jones made clear at the combine that an extension for Martin was the front office’s number one priority prior to the draft. This officially ensures that the entire three headed monster of the Cowboys offensive line is here to stay at least for the foreseeable future.
The salary expected for Martin will be around $9.3 million, making this an absolute steal for the Cowboys in comparison to what guards TJ Lang, Kevin Zeitler and former Cowboy Ronald Leary made in free agency this year.
Taken with the 16th pick in the 2014 draft, Martin has been one of the best guards in the NFL since. Making the Pro-Bowl in all three of his seasons and first-team All-Pro twice while not missing a start. Martin was even getting some consideration for Offensive Rookie of the Year in 2014, which is unheard of for an offensive lineman. These credentials at Martin’s current price is huge for the Cowboys, and really displays how much overspending really happens in free agency.
This option was an easy one for Dallas as their offensive line is known as tops in the league by a significant margin in both pass and run blocking. Martin is a key contributor for the entire offense. Especially with the retirement of aging Doug Free, and Ronald Leary departing in free agency, keeping a hold of Martin maybe was even a bigger deal than initially expected.
The great wall of Dallas looks to be as strong as ever heading into the 2017 season.