Owner Jerry Jones of the Dallas Cowboys has finally spoken up about the contract holdout situation involving All-Pro guard Zack Martin.
The 32-year-old Martin is refusing to participate in team activities until he receives a new deal.
Despite having two years left on his current contract, Martin is hoping for a renegotiation that would allow him to enter free agency in 2025.
However, for each day of the holdout, Martin is losing $50,000, as previously reported by ESPN’s Todd Archer.
Jones addressed Martin’s absence on Monday, stating that the team simply has to move forward with the players who are present.
“You realize that not having him here, it could happen (via injury) on the next play,” Jones said. “You got to put that one on and say you just move on here without him.”
Is Jerry Jones surprised that the Cowboys haven’t made any progress with Zack Martin?
Jones: “Not really. Surprised is really not the word there. It’s very costly. That’s just where we are. There are huge, significant ramifications happening here by anybody’s measure,…
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He acknowledged the risk of potential injuries that could occur without Martin on the field, but emphasized the need to continue without him.
According to Spotrac, there are currently eight guards in the league who earn a higher average annual salary than Martin’s $14 million.
These players include Chris Lindstrom of the Atlanta Falcons ($20.5 million), Quenton Nelson of the Indianapolis Colts ($20 million), Elgton Jenkins of the Green Bay Packers ($17 million), Brandon Scherff of the Washington Football Team ($16.5 million), Joe Thuney of the Kansas City Chiefs ($16 million), Joel Bitonio of the Cleveland Browns ($16 million), and Wyatt Teller, also of the Browns ($14.2 million).
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