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    • CommentTimeAug 31st 2017
     It been
    almost a year since the Dallas Cowboys signed Travis Frederick to a long-term
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    . In the immediate aftermath we said we be singing the same
    song a year later with Zack Martin. The music playing, when do we start
    singing?The Cowboys have handled extending two-thirds of their elite offensive
    linemen identically, both happening under the new Collective Bargaining
    Agreement . When Tyron Smith was entering his fourth year with the team in 2014
    the Cowboys gave him the biggest non-QB deal in franchise history . A year ago
    when Travis Frederick was entering his fourth season he became the NFL
    highest-paid center. It fourth-year time for Zack Martin.Tyron deal came on July
    30th, 2014. The first preseason game of that season for the Cowboys was on
    August 7th in San Diego . Travis Frederick was struck on August 13th, 2016. The
    first preseason game of last season was that same day in Los Angeles against the
    Rams.Wee now past all of the aforementioned points where a deal landed July
    30th, August 13th, and the first preseason game of the 2017 season . This year
    team has actually played two preseason games already, courtesy of the Pro
    Football Hall of Fame Game.Now this is hardly cause for concern. The Cowboys are
    going to get a deal done with Zack Martin, but the question of when now seems to
    be floating in uncharted waters. The deals with Smith and Frederick have been
    over and done with by this point in time, and you can even throw La’el Collins
    in the mix as his was done earlier in training camp.Last week Stephen Jones
    spoke on the status of Martin contract, letting us know that a deadline isn
    something that theye worried about."I'm never going to put a deadline on
    something like that," Jones said. "Sometimes players don't like to think about
    it a lot,
    but then you're able to work behind the scenes sometimes and still get it to
    where they're comfortable. But obviously we're going to respect Zack and how he
    wants the mechanics of the process to work and we'll work within those. I fully
    suspect we'll work something out at some point in time and hel be a Dallas
    Cowboy for most of his career, in my mind."It hard to imagine the Cowboys want
    to enter this season with this not done, but the 2014 draft class is difficult
    to lock up from what wee seen. Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. and Rams
    stud defensive lineman Aaron Donald are ready to get paid as well. Sammy
    Watkins, who was just traded last week, said a month ago that this class would
    change the salary market considering how great it been overall. Which domino
    will fall first? Martin, Donald, or Beckham? All will conceivably be the
    highest-paid players at their respective positions, it just a matter of which
    team strikes first. Back in May we here at BTB projected Martin potential
    contractIt would seem at the very least that Martin will get a contract
    averaging somewhere in the $12 Larry Allen
    .5-$13 million per year range, with at least about $30 million
    guaranteed. With that said, don be surprised if he ends up getting over $13
    million per year, and perhaps even closer to $14 million, along with $35-$40
    million guaranteed.Thursday marks the last practice in Oxnard for the Cowboys.
    One would have to imagine that they would like to have this sewed up before they
    pack their bags to come home to host the Colts in Week 2 of the preseason, as
    they are past both the Smith and Frederick points in terms of when things were
    done.Considering that Stephen Jones’ comments are from about a week ago now, it
    makes sense that we could be in the eleventh hour. Hopefully the clock strikes
    midnight while Dallas is still in Pacific Time.
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