Zack Martin, Cowboys

Zack Martin: I Never Wanted To Play Anywhere Else

Dallas Cowboys guard Zack Martin ended his three-week holdout after a negotiation with owner and general manager Jerry Jones.

Zack Martin eventually signed a new deal worth $36 million guaranteed over the next two seasons. It’s a significant raise on his previous deal, which included $27 million guaranteed in the same period.

Zack Martin has made eight of nine Pro Bowls in his career and been named an All-Pro six times. The 32 year old has moved from the eighth highest-paid guard in the NFL to the third highest.


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“He (Jones) was great,” Martin said.

“We were able to have that one-on-one time, and I think that helped, just being able to talk face-to-face. I think ultimately that’s what made me feel more comfortable and how he felt more comfortable and then we started talking about this and numbers and where we eventually headed.

“I just think I’ve been here a long time. I’ve accomplished some great things but just felt like where I was in the market that it’s something that had been deserved and felt strongly about it,” said Martin.

“Obviously it took a little time, but I’m super grateful to the Joneses. Once we started talking and having that connection we were able to figure something out that worked for both of us.”


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“I never wanted to play anywhere else,” Martin said. 

“And that’s when I’d get some anxiety or have a rough day during this thinking about that. That’s what it came down to: I don’t want to play anywhere else. I don’t want to play for another organization. I don’t want to move my family and was just hoping that something would get done, and luckily we were able to get together and figure it out.”

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