Cowboys close to reaching deal with G Martin

Dallas Cowboys guard Zack Martin (70) has not missed a game in all four seasons, earning Pro Bowl honors each year.Photo Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

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Dallas Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones said the team is close to a long-term deal with right guard Zack Martin, and it reportedly would make him the highest-paid guard in the league.

“It’s awfully close. I hope he’ll be out at (minicamp) tomorrow,” Jones said on Monday, via Jon Machota of the Dallas Morning News.

NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday that it will be a six-year deal that will provide Martin with the largest guaranteed payout at his position in NFL history.

A four-time Pro Bowl selection, Martin has missed the team’s voluntary offseason work as he seeks a contract extension.

Martin is set to play this season on the fifth-year option of his rookie contract. The 6-foot-4, 315-pound Martin will earn a base salary of $9.3 million in 2018.

A first-round draft pick (No. 16 overall) in 2014, Martin has started all 16 games in each of his four seasons, earning first-team All-Pro honors both as a rookie and in 2016.