The NFC East buzz this week visit the Dallas Cowboys and the Zach Martin contract situation, the New York Giants have an edge duo on the brink of a breakout and what if an All-Pro pass rusher joined the Philadelphia Eagles? All this and some Washington Commanders drama as well.
Let’s start up in the Big D with them Cowboys where right guard Zach Martin is holding out due to contract issues.
As one of the top offensive linemen in the league, Martin wants his money and Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is holding his own. As one of the most vocal if not the most vocal owners in the NFL, Jones spoke out regarding the Martin holdout which has already resulted in $600,000 in fines for the player.
Cowboys owner says Zach Martin contract comes with “significant ramifications”
As Clarence Hill of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported on Monday, when the Cowboys owner was asked if the two sides not coming to common grounds was surprising, Jones basically said nah.
"“Not really. Not really,” Jones said, via NFL.com. “Surprise is really not the word there. It’s very costly and so that’s, that’s where we are. Huge, significant ramifications…by anybody’s math.”"
As a team not only contending for the NFC East title, but also a Super Bowl, a solid offensive line is key and obviously Martin is part of that. With two years remaining on his current contract, the Cowboys guard wants top guard money which would boost his current $14 million-per-year average up to around $16-18 million mark as the top guards makes around $20 million.
With other player contracts to consider, Jones and the Dallas Cowboys know Martin is a priority, but not one of their top priorities at the moment.
So, the Dallas contract stare down continues.