OXNARD, Calif. -- The Dallas Cowboys are hoping to follow precedent with a major signing on their offensive line this summer.
By the time the Cowboys leave Oxnard, California, on Aug. 18, they hope to have an extension worked out with All-Pro guard Zack Martin.
Executive vice president Stephen Jones said he was “optimistic” a deal could be worked out for the Cowboys’ first-round pick in 2014. There are plans to speak with Martin’s agents, Tom Condon and R.J. Gonser, during training camp.
“It’s something we want to get done,” Jones said. “Hopefully it will happen, but you never know until you get there.”
Martin is looking at a deal that likely would make him the highest-paid guard in football. Kevin Zeitler signed a deal averaging $12 million per season with the Cleveland Browns as a free agent in the offseason. He is also represented by Condon. The Oakland Raiders signed Gabe Jackson to a five-year, $56 million extension recently.
Martin, 26, has been named to the Pro Bowl in each of his first three seasons and has yet to miss a game in his career. The Cowboys picked up Martin’s fifth-year-option for 2018 in the spring, worth more than $9 million, but they did the same with Smith in 2014 and Frederick in 2016.
They hope that serves as a placeholder that will make Martin a Cowboy for a long time. If not, then Martin would become an unrestricted free agent in 2019, but the Cowboys would have the ability to use the franchise tag on him.
“He’s the type of player we want with the Cowboys,” Jones said.