Zack Martin in rarefied air with a rocket booster strapped to his back
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By K.D. Drummond

He only lined up for 10 snaps, but it was readily apparent his newfound wealth hadn’t made one iota of difference to his work ethic. Zack Martin, the most recent highest-paid guard in the NFL, signed an extension that will pay him more than $93 million over the next seven years. As a 27-year old, he stands a solid chance of seeing every year of the deal.

The contract included a $20 million signing bonus; one check more than double what he had made in his career to that point. However if there was any concern the money would change him, that concern must’ve come from someone who doesn’t know the Hall of Fame product. Competition oozes out of the former Notre Dame tackle.

The new contract might even make him fight harder than ever. Back to those 10 snaps in the Cowboys’ 2018 exhibition opener. Grain of salt and all that, but Pro Football Focus gave him the highest grade of all Cowboys’, 91.2 for the opening performance. He’s used to receiving all of the accolades anyway.

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In his four seasons in the league, the 6-foot-4, 315 pound dominator in both run blocking and pass protection has only allowed seven sacks according to Stats, Inc. They have him down as committing just five false starts and only four holds, all in 67 career games (regular season and...



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