By Corey Clark
Bill Barnwell of ESPN wrote a piece on the NFL’s 20 biggest outlier contracts and Dallas Cowboys guard Zack Martin found himself on the list at No. 5. Outlier deals are ones which pay players far more on a three-year average than others at the position.
Martin is paid 46.4% higher than the average guard in the NFL.
Martin signed a six-year extension last summer worth $84 million, including $40 million guaranteed and a $20 million bonus. The deal allows Martin to stay with the Cowboys through 2024.
5. Zack Martin, G, Dallas Cowboys
Three-year compensation: $43 million
Percent above average: 46.4
The Cowboys are the king of the never-ending contract. The longest contract in the league is the eight-year, $97.6 million extension signed by Dallas left tackle Tyron Smith. No player is currently signed to a seven-year contract, but two of the 15 players signed to six-year deals are Martin and Cowboys center Travis Frederick. It would hardly be a surprise if Ezekiel Elliott and Dak Prescott join this list when the two other Dallas cornerstones sign their own extensions as early as this summer.
It would be hard to raise any serious reservations about the Cowboys giving Martin the largest contract for a guard in NFL history and one of the most significant position-independent deals in all of football. Martin has now made the Pro Bowl in each of his first five seasons, with three first-team All-Pro nods along the...