Cowboys Sign La'el Collins To 'Team-Friendly' 5-Year Extension

Mike Fisher
September 03, 2019 - 8:10 am
Cowboys offensive tackle La'el Collins

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FRISCO (105.3 THE FAN) - Right tackle La’el Collins has signed a five-year contract extension with the Dallas Cowboys that I expect will get labeled "team-friendly.'' And probably "below-market.'' And surely the product of La'el wanting to continue playing for "America's Team'' -- all the Joneses' selling points.

Collins' deal, per our friend Charles Robinson with Yahoo Sports, is so 'team-friendly' that it saves the Cowboys $5.7 million this year, potentially opening up money for other contracts. According to Mike Garafolo, Collins will earn $50 million over five years with $35 million guaranteed. The first two years of the deal are guaranteed. 

The news of a deal shouldn’t be considered a surprise; while much focus has been on working toward new deals for Ezekiel Elliott, Dak Prescott and Amari Cooper, the club has also talked openly about Byron Jones, Collins and Jaylon Smith getting extensions this year. Jaylon's is done, solidifying the linebacking corps. Collins getting done can do the same for the future of Dallas' vaunted offensive line.

Collins was the subject of some speculation when during the April NFL Draft the team used a third-round pick on guard Connor McGovern. Would that mean 2018 second-round pick Connor Williams, who presently starts at left guard, take over at right tackle, allowing Dallas to let Collins go in free agency?

That was certainly a thought. So, however, is the notion that the Cowboys need to think about the future of All-Pro left tackle Tyron Smith. Someday, he will need to be replaced. Employing McGovern, Williams and Collins long-term offers insurance against a problem there ... and elsewhere along the line.