According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Dallas Cowboys‘ eight-time Pro-Bowler and six-time All-Pro guard, Zack Martin, might not report to camp.
This is all due to Martin’s unhappiness with his current contract and the team’s indifference to getting a new deal done. According to Schefter, Martin feels he is “woefully underpaid relative to the market.”
Zack Martin’s Deal Compared to Others Around the NFL
In 2018, Martin signed a six-year contract extension worth $84 million. The contract included a $20 million signing bonus, with $40 million guaranteed. This season, Martin will make $14 million with a base salary of $1.7 million and a restructured bonus of $11.8 million.
To put into perspective the kind of money that guards are making, here are some numbers for some of the top paid in the league and what they will make annually in 2023:
- Atlanta Falcons guard Chris Lindstrom will make $20.5 million.
- Indianapolis Colts guard Quenton Nelson will make $20 million.
- Indianapolis Colts guard Braden Smith will make $17.5 million.
- Green Bay Packers guard Elgton Jenkins will make $17 million.
- Jacksonville Jaguars guard Brandon Scherff will make $16.5 million.
For perspective, Martin ranks ninth on that list with this annual salary.
According to the Collective Bargaining Agreement with the NFL, if a player does not report to camp, they will be fined $50k per day that they miss.