Offensive guard Zack Martin’s fifth-year option for 2018 was picked up by the Dallas Cowboys.
The former first-round pick will make $9.341 million in the final year of his contract, but that could be viewed as a value buy for the Cowboys. Martin, a two-time All-Pro, was selected to the Pro Bowl each of his first three seasons.
The market for elite interior offensive linemen was reset this offseason, when Martin’s agent (Tom Condon) represented Kevin Zeitler in negotiations that spawned a five-year, $60 million contract with the Cleveland Browns.
Martin was the 16th overall pick in the 2014 draft, one year after the Cowboys selected center Travis Frederick in the first round.
Martin followed Odell Beckham (12th, Giants), defensive tackle Aaron Donald (13th, Rams), cornerback Kyle Fuller (14th, Bears) and linebacker Ryan Shazier (15th, Steelers) off the board. Shazier was the preferred pick of the Cowboys, owner Jerry Jones since confessed, but has not been healthy for a full season with Pittsburgh.
Martin played tackle at Notre Dame and became a buzzworthy prospect as a senior and at the postseason Senior Bowl all-star game in Mobile, when he stood out in one-on-one drills and worked out at guard and center.