Former Notre Dame offensive lineman Zack Martin has become one of the best interior linemen in the NFL since being drafted in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft by the Dallas Cowboys.
He’s made the Pro Bowl in every year since he turned professional and was named first- or second-team All-Pro in each of his first four seasons. On Monday, the Cowboys rewarded his consistent dominance by making him the highest-paid guard in NFL history.
According to a report from the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, Martin and the Cowboys came to terms on a six-year contract extension with the largest guarantee ever for a guard. The exact terms of the contract haven’t yet been released, but this continues a Cowboys trend of investing heavily along the offensive line.
In addition to drafting Martin in the first round and giving him this massive extension, the Cowboys also have spent first-round picks on offensive tackle Tyron Smith and center Travis Frederick. Both players were given large extensions that make them among the five highest-paid players at their position, as well.
They also signed projected first-round pick La’el Collins as an undrafted free agent in 2015. His stock tanked after his name was loosely connected to a murder investigation; he was cleared of any wrongdoing in the case. The Cowboys drafted Texas star Connor Williams in the second round of the 2018 NFL Draft as well.
So the Cowboys should continue to have one of the most dominant offensive lines in the NFL to pave the way for Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott for years to come.