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For Zack Martin, It's Business As Usual During Contract Negotiations

OXNARD, Calif. – Zack Martin has watched fellow offensive linemen Tyron Smith and Travis Frederick get long-term extensions during preseason in the last three years.

During those negotiations, he watched both players continue to handle their business on the field.

Martin plans to take the same approach as the Cowboys plan to ramp up contract talks with their three-time All-Pro right guard.

"Obviously I'm really close with those guys and they've been through it," he said. "They've given me little knick-knacks to think about. They did it the right way. They came out here and were the same guy every day. So I'm just going to try to do that."

Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones has repeatedly said re-signing Martin, who has two years left on his rookie deal, is a No. 1 team priority. Given the expected size of the deal, which is likely to make Martin one of the team's highest-paid players, there's no firm timetable on completing negotiations. But Jones is confident they'll reach an agreement at some point.

Martin says he wants to be in Dallas long-term, too.

"I've talked to my guys and I'm focused on the season," he said. "I'm focused on helping this team win games and being a part of this team. I'll let those guys handle that and keep doing my business."

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