The Dallas Cowboys officially announced the signing of All-Pro guard Zack Martin to a six-year contract extension on Thursday.
Although the team did not disclose financial terms, Martin’s deal is worth $84 million, including a signing bonus of $20 million and another $20 million fully guaranteed.
The contract will keep Martin with the Cowboys through the 2024 season. The average of $14 million per season makes Martin the second-highest-paid offensive lineman in the NFL behind tackle Nate Solder of the New York Giants.
Martin becomes the highest-paid guard, surpassing Andrew Norwell of the Jacksonville Jaguars, who signed a five-year, $66.5 million deal with $30 million guaranteed during free agency in March.
The 6-foot-4, 315-pound Martin was set to enter the final year of contract (base salary of $9.3 million).
The Cowboys had hoped to sign Martin to a long-term contract during training camp last year, but when a deal did not materialize, Martin put negotiations on hold during the regular season.
However, he said he wanted to spend the rest of his career in Dallas.
Contract talks were revived early in the offseason and a deal seemed to be in the works about a month ago before hitting a snag.