Cowboys Free Up $13 Million Restructuring Crucial Contract

The Dallas Cowboys rework All-Pro guard Zack Martin's contract to get themselves under the salary cap.
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The Dallas Cowboys and their endless struggle with cap space continues. With only a few days left before free agency begins, the Cowboys are pulling out all the stops to create enough cap space to be active players on the market. With that objective in mind, they managed to clear $13 million in 2024 cap space with a savvy contract restructure.

The move was to rework All-Pro guard Zack Martin's contract. Martin originally had $18 million in base salary and was set to count against the cap for $28.5 million after getting his deal reworked last offseason. He was entering the final season of his deal as one of the highest-paid guards in the NFL.

Now, he will count for $15.9 million, according to Over The Cap, with the rest of his salary spread out to the three void years that were added after the contract restructure last season.

Cowboys News: Dallas Clears $13 M in Cap Space Ahead of Free Agency

This move finally brings the Cowboys below the salary cap ahead of free agency. Any move after this will create additional financial flexibility for Jerry Jones to work with in the open market. Dak Prescott's looming contract extension should create additional cap room for the Cowboys.

In 2023, Martin had another All-Pro and Pro Bowl season, his ninth Pro Bowl and seventh All-Pro selection in ten seasons with the Dallas Cowboys. At age 33, he continues to be one of the best offensive linemen in the NFL. Only four players in Cowboys history have been selected to more Pro Bowls than Martin.

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