Zack Martin ‘awfully close’ to Dallas Cowboys extension

All-Pro right guard Zack Martin is expected to sign a contract extension with the Dallas Cowboys that will make him one of the highest-paid players at the position.

Cowboys vice president Stephen Jones said Monday that the deal is imminent.

“It’s awfully close. I hope he’ll be out at (minicamp) tomorrow,” Jones said.

Left tackle Nate Solder became the highest-paid offensive lineman in the NFL when he signed a deal with the New York Giants in free agency which averages $15.5m per season. He is one of 10 offensive linemen in the NFL who make at least $12m per season.

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

Browns guard Kevin Zeitler averages $12m 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 and could slide some of those funds to Martin.

The Cowboys are set to 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 $15.4m covering the next two seasons.