The Dallas Cowboys have signed first round draft pick Zack Martin.
The deal is worth $8.967 million over four years and comes with a $4.842 million signing bonus.
After a flurry of talk about Dallas’s supposed interest in Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel, the team passed on the 2012 Heisman winner to take the offensive lineman out of Notre Dame, who played left tackle in college but will serve as a guard--for now, anyway--in the NFL.
The last time he played a game of football, Martin was named the MVP of the New Era Pinstripe Bowl--the first non-running back to win that award and, according to Todd Archer of ESPN Dallas, the first offensive lineman to be named MVP of a bowl game since 1959--a 29-16 Notre Dame win over Rutgers, in which Martin anchored a line that allowed no sacks and cleared the way for 175 rushing yards.
Martin is the highest drafted Notre Dame offensive lineman since Luke Petitgout, who was drafted 19th overall by the Giants in 1999.
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