Report: Dallas Cowboys pick up Zack Martin’s fifth-year option

Sep 7, 2014; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys guard Zack Martin (70) in game against the San Francisco 49ers at AT&T Stadium. San Francisco beat Dallas 28-17. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

FRISCO — The Dallas Cowboys have picked up the fifth-year option for right guard Zack Martin, a source told ESPN’s Field Yates Tuesday.

The 16th overall pick from the 2014 draft is entering his fourth year in the NFL. The Cowboys are picking up his option as a maneuver to buy themselves breathing room as they work to negotiate his extension, which sources tell Fox Sports Texarkana could come during training camp or preseason.

Martin has been an integral part of the Cowboys stout offensive line. Seen as the final piece to making it dominant, Martin has played alongside fifth-year center Travis Frederick and helped lead the unit along with seventh-year left tackle Tyron Smith. Since Martin’s arrival, he has made the Pro Bowl in each of his three years in the league along with racking up two first-team All Pro selections (2014, 2016) and a second-team honor (2015). The Notre Dame product has yet to miss a game for the Cowboys as he has started all 48 eligible games, including three playoff games.

The Martin extension also helps free up the Cowboys cap space situation, though Chief Operating Officer Stephen Jones says the front office doesn’t pay too much attention to the cap during the off-season.

“I don’t talk in terms of where we are under the cap because it’s so ridiculous to talk about it,” said Jones at the NFL owners meetings in late March. “We can sign people. We can sign whoever.

“I just don’t follow cap where you are at any given point in time. When it starts to matter is where you are when the season starts.”

When the season starts, when the salary cap is hardened, the Cowboys hope Zack Martin is inked to a long-term deal.

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