Cowboys owner Jerry Jones gets honest on why Zack Martin isn't getting deal upgraded

Martin has been holding out at start of training camp.

by Dzevad Mesic
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Cowboys owner Jerry Jones gets honest on why Zack Martin isn't getting deal upgraded

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones very directly confessed that he cannot pay Zack Martin because he is thinking about Micah Parsons and other young stars that are due to be paid in the near future. Martin, who is widely considered one of the best right guards in the NFL, has two years and $26.5 million left on his current deal.

When training camp began last week, Martin was a no-show. When Martin signed a six-year, $84 million deal with the Cowboys in 2018, he became the highest-paid guard in the league. Now, Martin is the fourth highest-paid guard in the league.

Martin, 32, is an eight-time All-Pro guard and there is no doubt that one day he will enter the Hall of Fame.

Jones on why Martin isn't getting his deal upgraded

"It's not about precedent. It's about facts. We need the money to pay (Micah) Parsons.

We need the money to pay the players that we got to pay in the future. It's a fact. It's not even a philosophy. It's just a fact. Those dollars are there and we have this at this level, and if you redid all the contracts, then you never could put a roster together," Jones said, via ESPN.

Martin didn't allow a single sack last season and he is still as good as ever. But Jones suggests Martin needs to be more understanding of the situation. "Not him [only, but] any player, [if] you make an adjustment like that, then all of a sudden you don't have the money to go pay the guys on their first contract that you need to pay.

That's not him. This has nothing to do with him. I know this: He's been a credit to everything that we've ever done and he's done. What we haven't done is we haven't won a Super Bowl. I want him to get on a team that can win a Super Bowl," Jones said.

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