5 things the Cowboys must do after signing Dak Prescott

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Zack Martin, Dallas Cowboys
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2. Restructure Zack Martin’s contract

There are three things that are certain in life and they are death, taxes, and that guard Zack Martin will play well for the Dallas Cowboys. The 30-year old guard made the Pro Bowl in each of his first six seasons in the league and managed to be named as an All-Pro in four of those years as well.

The Cowboys guard only missed two games in his first six years in the league heading into 2020. He kept his excellent play with him in 2020 as much of the offensive line around him crumbled. However, the veteran lineman suffered a calf injury during the teams’ Thanksgiving matchup against the Washington Football Team.

The injury sidelined Martin for the rest of the 2020 season, but the seven-year veteran possibly increased his value last year when the team decided to shift him over to the right tackle position. The Dallas lineman unsurprisingly shined at his new position, demonstrating his versatility and helping lead the team to a win over the Minnesota Vikings.

Martin is currently signed through the 2024 season and is set to cost the Cowboys over $15 million next year. However, if the organization decides to restructure Zack’s contract this offseason it could potentially save nearly $7.5 million.

The decision to restructure contracts does come with its own risks which include potentially making it harder to cut players for the duration of their contract. This is why most teams strive to restructure contracts only out of necessity or if they have faith in the player to play well for the remainder of their contract.

The Dallas Cowboys should be confident that Zack Martin will continue to excel along the teams’ offensive line for the remainder of his contract. That allows the team to potentially restructure his contract and free up some money to potentially nab a solid free-agent acquisition.