The Dallas Cowboys will need to work some magic to get all their free agents signed this off-season.
The Cowboys will have roughly $18-$20 million in cap space available this off-season!
That money will need to be spread out towards a handful of talent in 2018. One of those being DeMarcus Lawrence who is likely the team’s top priority to sign this off-season.
Another name Dallas might want to get signed this off-season is Zack Martin. He is still under contract for the 2018 season as the Cowboys picked up his fifth-year option. However, it might be wise to sign him to a long-term contract this off-season.
According to The Star, Martin will be due to make 9.3 million this year. A big difference from the $2.85 million this past season. The reason being is because of the option Dallas picked up.
Zack Martin is incredible:
2014: First-Team All-Pro
2015: Second-Team All-Pro
2016: First-Team All-Pro
2017: Second-Team All-Pro
— RJ Ochoa (@rjochoa) January 5, 2018
Zack Martin and DeMarcus Lawrence were named to the AP 2017 All-Pro second team. #cowboyswire
— Rob Phillips (@robphillips3) January 5, 2018
If Dallas decides to make the decision to sign him long-term now, they have a chance to drop that cap hit tremendously. Dallas could make the contract extension, and then turn around and rework the deal with their All-Pro guard. Doing this will allow the Cowboys to put a lot of that money on the back end of his contract, while also putting a sizeable amount in the form of a signing bonus.
For this to work out the way Dallas would need it to, they would have to get both the long-term contract, along with the restructure of said contract by March.
There is very little, if any risk with Martin as a long-term contract. He isn’t old, being just 27-years-old, and has never missed a game in his four-year NFL career. To top that off, Martin has made either the All-Pro first-team or second team in each of his four NFL seasons.
Locking up a player like Martin for an extended amount of time seems to be crucial for Dallas and their plans on offense!