1. Restructuring Zack Martin's Contract
One of the Cowboys' best offseason moves didn't involve adding or subtracting players, but giving a key pillar what he deserves.
Zack Martin is one of the NFL's best offensive linemen and wanted his salary to reflect that. When the team initially refused to meet his demands, the seven-time All-Pro right guard opted to hold out of training camp to send a message.
At first, Jerry Jones wasn't entertaining any of those demands, even going as far as saying the money that Martin demanded was needed to pay other players down the line. Eventually, the eccentric owner gave in to his star's holdout, restructuring Martin's deal to see him earn $36 million over the next two seasons.
So, how did Martin play in his first game since receiving his new deal? By dominating the Giants' defense, of course.
Suiting up across 51 offensive snaps, the 32-year-old veteran didn't allow a single sack or take a penalty. He held the offensive line to the best of his ability, resulting in a PFF grade of 91.1 — the highest league-wide among all offensive linemen in Week 1.
Martin was also awarded an 87.4 run block grade, which was well-warranted. His run blocking played a huge role in the Cowboys racking up 122 rushing yards and 3 TDs on 30 carries out of the backfield. After that performance, there's no doubt that No. 70 deserves every penny on his deal.
As long as Martin stays at this elite level throughout the 2023 campaign, restructuring his contract will be one of the team's most genius offseason moves.
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