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Dallas Cowboys restructure Zack Martin’s contract, but it likely doesn’t mean what you think it does

The Cowboys did some bookkeeping today.

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We are so close to actual football being played that we can taste it, but the non-field parts of the game are things that take place regardless of what the calendar says. While action does begin this week the Dallas Cowboys always have to be taking care of business.

Of course, the Cowboys were very busy in the accounting department over the course of the last few months. They brought in several new faces, re-signed players like Amari Cooper, extended Blake Jarwin, and in the middle of that forgot to get a deal done for Dak Prescott. Nobody had any thoughts on that, as you can imagine.

Sometimes things that are done aren’t necessarily about the here and now. Recently the Cowboys restructured Tyron Smith’s deal for example, but didn’t exactly make a “big move” afterwards. Salary cap space is necessary all of the time.

The Cowboys have restructured Zack Martin’s deal, freeing up $8M in salary cap space

People to continue to watch what the Cowboys are doing with bated breath as everybody is wondering whether or not Earl Thomas will ultimately be brought in. The team did create $8M in salary cap space with Wednesday’s announced restructuring of Zack Martin, but NFL Network’s Jane Slater noted that this does in fact not have anything to do with Thomas.

If the Cowboys don’t use this space this year then they will roll it over into 2021 (how is next year 2021?!) and obviously they need to get something done with Dak then or else face a true Armageddon-like scenario. It makes sense to think Earl Thomas is potentially in play here, especially because Jerry Jones keeps leaving that door open, but we all need to move past that.

Kickoff is in four days.

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