Cowboys hope to reach extension with Zack Martin

ARLINGTON, TX - AUGUST 26: Dallas Cowboys offensive guard Zack Martin (#70) walks off the field during the NFL preseason game between the Dallas Cowboys and Oakland Raiders on August 26, 2017 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Matthew Visinsky/Icon Sportswire)
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[UPDATE]: The Dallas Cowboys will not be signing guard Zack Martin to a contract extension this offseason after all.

The Dallas Cowboys are hoping to reach a contract extension with offensive lineman Zack Martin before the 2017-18 NFL campaign begins, according to Drew Davison of The Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

“Hopefully making some progress, but those things you can’t really comment on them until they’re either done or not done,” said Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones. “So obviously the goal for both sides is to be done with everything by the [beginning] of the season.”

To put it simply, the Cowboys will have to pay up for Martin.

The 26-year-old has been one of the best guards in the league since coming into the NFL in 2014-15, making the Pro Bowl in each of his first three seasons and being named a first-team All-Pro selection in two of them, including last year. Martin, who played his collegiate football at the University of Notre Dame, was originally selected by Dallas in the first round (16th pick overall) of the 2014 NFL Draft.

Over his three-year professional career, Martin has only allowed six sacks and has been flagged for just 13 penalties. The Indianapolis native is expected to receive a contract that exceeds that of recently extended Cleveland Browns offensive lineman Kevin Zeitler, who was handed a five-year, $60 million deal to become the highest-paid guard in football this offseason. The Cowboys have locked up a couple of Martin’s fellow offensive linemen in recent years, namely tackle Tyron Smith and center Travis Frederick.

Dallas was scheduled to play its final preseason game on Thursday against the Houston Texans, but the affair was cancelled due to the effects of Hurricane Harvey.

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