Cowboys All-Pro Guard Zack Martin on Retirement: “Definitely Getting Closer To The End”

Zack Martin with the Dallas Cowboys in 2017
Zack Martin with the Dallas Cowboys in 2017. Photo by Albert Pena/CSM/REX/Shutterstock (9190395ay)

Dallas Cowboys All-Pro guard Zack Martin doesn’t see himself playing for much longer in the NFL. Speaking with reporters on Wednesday, Martin said that there is a real possibility of him retiring after the 2024 season.

When asked about his future, Martin said that walking away from professional football once the upcoming season concludes is “definitely in the realm of possibilities.”

“I think that’s been a big thing for me this year, just try to tell myself, ‘Hey, go out, do your thing and let anything else take care of itself after the season.’ I don’t know when I’ll be done, but it’s definitely getting closer to the end. I think it’s just a good reminder for myself to stay in the present and take advantage of this year,” Martin added.

The Cowboys are also aware that Martin might not be on their roster in 2025, which is why they reworked his contract in the offseason. Doing so, they got themselves a salary cap relief this season while also allowing themselves to spread his cap hit over 2025 and 2026 in case he decides to retire.

Whenever he retires, Martin will do so as one of the best offensive linemen of his generation and a surefire Hall of Famer. Since being drafted in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft by the Cowboys, Martin made the Pro Bowl nine times and earned seven First-Team All-Pro nods. He also missed only 11 games since entering the league.