Cowboys OT La’el Collins agrees to extension with Dallas
The Dallas Cowboys seem to be giving out contract extensions to everyone but their offensive skill players. According to Mike Garafolo of NFL Network, La’el Collins has agreed to an extension with Dallas on Tuesday morning.
Actually, it’s a done deal for the #Cowboys and T La’el Collins. Sources say the sides have agreed to a five-year extension. The former undrafted free agent (albeit because of non-football reasons) cashes in.
— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) September 3, 2019
The Cowboys signed Collins before the 2015 season after the talented offensive tackle went undrafted during the 2015 NFL Draft. Collins was invited to the draft, but was asked to leave to be questioned about a murder investigation involving Collins’ former girlfriend Brittany Mills.
Throughout the draft process, Collins was considered the best offensive line prospect in the draft. Despite not being a suspect in the murder case, all 32 teams in the NFL avoided using a draft pick on the LSU product.
Nevertheless, Dallas was one of the only teams who showed interest in the highly-regarded tackle. To begin his career, Collins was moved to left guard to bolster Dallas’ dominant offensive line next to Tyron Smith.
Over the past two seasons though, Collins has started in 32 straight games at right tackle. It’s safe to say that Collins has been a huge steal for the Cowboys as an undrafted rookie in 2015.
Entering this season, the fifth-year offensive tackle was going into the final year of his current contract. Collins is set to make $6.5 million in 2019 but his new extension will keep him in Dallas for five more seasons. The extension will also make him one of the top five highest-paid right tackles in the NFL.
The Cowboys have been able to extend Demarcus Lawrence, Jaylon Smith, and Collins before the season. They will now likely shift their focus to signing Ezekiel Elliott, Dak Prescott, and Amari Cooper to long-term deals.