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Report: Cowboys, Zack Martin reach six-year, $84 million deal

All-Pro right guard Zack Martin and the Dallas Cowboys have come to terms on a six-year contract extension worth $84 million, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

At $14 million per year, the deal would make Martin the second-highest-paid offensive lineman in the league.

“Cowboys and Pro-Bowl G Zack Martin finally agreed today to 6-year, $84 million extension that includes $40 million guaranteed, per source,” Schefter tweeted.

Cowboys vice president Stephen Jones had said Monday at a rookie luncheon that the deal was imminent.

Since left tackle Nate Solder signed with the New England Patriots in free agency averaging $15.5 million per season to become the top-paid blocker in the NFL, 10 offensive linemen make at least $12 million per season.

Andrew Norwell, who signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars in free agency after starting his career with the Carolina Panthers, would now become the third-highest-paid offensive lineman and the second-highest-paid guard in the NFL at $13.3 million.

Browns guard Kevin Zeitler averages $12 million per season in Cleveland.

Martin, a four-time Pro Bowler and two-time first-team All-Pro in four NFL seasons, has not participated in offseason workouts while a contract with the Cowboys is negotiated.

Dallas made a cost-cutting roster move in parting with popular wide receiver Dez Bryant before the NFL draft, allowing for some funds to be slid to Martin.

The Cowboys boast the highest-paid offensive line in the NFL with center Travis Frederick and left tackle Tyron Smith into their second pro contracts. Dallas drafted Connor Williams in the second round of April’s draft and La’el Collins, undrafted out of LSU, signed a two-year deal worth up to $15.4 million covering the next two seasons.

–Field Level Media

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