All-Pro Zack Martin frustrated by slow contract talks, absent from Cowboys OTAs

Sources have confirmed that didn’t participate in the ’ Organized Team Activities (OTAs) on Tuesday and it remains unclear if he will take part in any of them.

Per a source, Martin is frustrated with the slow progress in negotiations for a long-term contract extension, which the Cowboys have promised was a priority since before last season.

“This is the business side of the NFL,” said Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett, who doesn‘t anticipate Martin practicing on Wednesday. “He‘s handled himself perfectly right from the start. I know there‘s on-going dialogue between him and the Jones family.”

Martin is in the final year of his rookie contract. His base salary this season is $9.3 million.


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Martin, who has made the Pro Bowl and the All-Pro team every year since the Cowboys took him in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft, is angling for a deal that will make him the highest paid guard in the league, while also surpassing tackle Tyron Smith as the highest paid player on the Cowboys.

The Jacksonville Jaguars set the bar high earlier in free agency when they gave guard Andy Norwell a contract extension that averages $13.3 million per season.

Although frustrated, Martin has participated in team workouts and the offseason program before this week.

He said last week that being around his teammates helped him cope with the slow process in the negotiations.

“I really don‘t think about it now because I‘m with [teammates] working out,” Martin said at the Cowboys’ annual Reliant Home Run Derby for the Salvation Army. “We‘ll see. Hopefully it gets done. We‘ll see where it goes.”


Dallas Cowboys players got on the baseball field for charity at the Seventh Annual Reliant Home Run Derby in Frisco, benefitting The Salvation Army Greater Metroplex Command. Each home run hit by the players earned money for the charity. Paul Moseley