And all that the implies, possibly.
The only leak regarding the deal comes from the initial report that it’s a six-year extension, that will surpass the contract the Jaguars gave to guard Andrew Norwell in March. Norwell, a former Panther, received a five-year, $66.5 million deal with $30 million fully guaranteed at signing.
But here’s the thing: Martin, who entered the NFL the same year Norwell did, already was due to make $9.341 million in 2018 under the fifth-year option payable to first-round picks. Undoubtedly, the “highest paid” claim is based on the “new money,” not total value of the contract at signing.
Which means that, when adding in the $9.341 million that Martin already was due to make, a “new money” average north of $13.3 million will drop, possibly below Norwell’s $13.3 million per year on a five-year deal. Which could explain why no details of the deal have been released.
Eventually, they will be. By then, however, it will be a lot harder to unbake the “Martin is the highest paid guard in football” cake.