Cowboys sign La’el Collins

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La’el Collins is set to join one of the NFL’s top offensive lines.

Collins, the LSU standout who went undrafted last week, has signed with the Cowboys, Charean Williams of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported Thursday.

According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Media, Collins’s three-year contract is guaranteed, with Albert Breer of NFL Media reporting the deal is worth about $1.7 million.

Once widely expected to be a first-round pick, Collins instead went undrafted after Baton Rouge (La.) police said they wanted to talk to him in connection with the investigation of the murder of his ex-girlfriend and the subsequent death of her baby boy. Given the uncertainty regarding Collins’s status, NFL teams passed on selecting him in any of the seven rounds.

However, Baton Rouge police have repeatedly said Collins is not a suspect in the case. Moreover, police have said a paternity test found Collins was not the father of the deceased child, according to published reports.

Where Collins fits on a loaded Dallas offensive line remains to be seen, though right tackle and left guard seem to be the most logical spots. The Cowboys also have the luxury of not rushing Collins, and it’s quite possible he could just be a swing tackle in Year One.

234 responses to “Cowboys sign La’el Collins

  1. If this is true, what a great get. Could be the best O-line of all time. Way to go Jerry!

  2. RB??? Who needs a RB? Jerry Jones himself could get 100 yrds a game behing this line.

  3. So he couldn’t meet with teams but could sign? How do you sign if you don’t meet? Oh yeah, fax…

  4. Bargain! Not good for their image considering they inked Hardy and Gregory, but a good signing if this guy truly is innocent.

  5. Odd choice considering the Cowboys have a long therm solution at LT.

    Maybe Collins doesn’t care as much as we’d normally think about maximizing his earning potential.

  6. And….. Boom goes the dynamite! Can’t believe the luck Cowboys have had this draft! LOVE IT!!!!!!!!

  7. $100 says the same media who ripped NFL teams for NOT signing Collins will be the SAME media who will rip them for signing a person who might have murdered a pregnant woman.

  8. The best line in football just got better. That’s a great signing and a great draft.

  9. Odd choice considering the Cowboys have a long therm solution at LT.

    Maybe Collins doesn’t care as much as we’d normally think about maximizing his earning potential.

    He starts at Guard this year, and kicks to RT next year when Free is gone. Plus, JJ will pay far more now than anyone!

  10. he will play either LG or RT. Free signed short contract and its not much money, can easily trade him. also picked up another swing tackle in draft.

  11. Holy cow. A high school running back will be able to get 2000 years with that o line. 6th Super Bowl win coming up.

  12. For those asking about spending a draft pick on him, if a team drafted him past the 3rd, the kid threatened to not sign and just enter next year’s draft. Only way to prevent that from happening was not drafting him and letting him go undrafted. That’s why he went undrafted.

  13. There are going to be less criminals in the Dallas jail than on the field. Stay classy Cowboys

  14. I cannot believe the Saints didn’t go full blast after this guy in our own backyard…

  15. Wanted him in Buffalo. Would have been the icing on the cake for the most hopeful offseason in – forever? I know nothing is won in the offseason, but come on we’ll take what we get.

    Congrats Dallas, hope he didn’t do anything.

  16. Wow, as a Cowboy’s fan I am surprised by this signing. Four first round talents possibly starting and Leary isn’t no slouch either.

  17. BAM that came out of left field was thinking Miami or N.O.

    Not sure what is clearer today than it was last week during the draft.

    Good get for the Cowboys

  18. “Odd choice considering the Cowboys have a long therm solution at LT.”

    But they got 1yr left on Doug Free on the right side…..and $1.7M with no state income tax goes a lot further than it does in San Diego,CA…..hell, he couldn’t afford a decent condo in SD.

  19. I thought that he could not be signed until May 9th. Not sure it is the best move for this guy, in that Dallas already has a great line, and may be placed as an OG. Guards make on average much less than tackles, so how would this be a good move. I also may be wrong but I thought he was looking for not only a tackle position, but a 2 yr contract, so that he could accelerate his salary, to make up for some of his draft losses.

  20. Really? Wow that’s kind of surprising, so is that a depth move or what? Trade someone else on the line for AP? I hate the damn cowboys but this could be a great move for them

  21. “How did nobody at least spend a 7th rounder on him?”

    Many teams wanted to but his agent was telling them that he’d either hold out, or re-enter the draft next year or such….anything to avoid being a 7th rd pick to a team he doesn’t care to join.

  22. urfinished says:
    May 7, 2015 1:48 PM
    There are going to be less criminals in the Dallas jail than on the field. Stay classy Cowboys
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    He wasn’t the child’s father so no motive, he had an alibi, the police said he is not a suspect, so how exactly is he a criminal?

  23. no doubt the Dallas Cowboys , should be called the Dallas Dysfunction……….sorry to say it, but there is now way you can win with a bunch of losers. Hard to live with Cancer….most teams stay away from Cancer, but Jerry Jones is drawn to it. Might say something about who he is as an individual. The only thing the cowboys have going for them is they play in the NFC Least.

  24. Ohhhh baby!

    Runnin Buck Wild in Big D!

    So theoretically Dallas got 3 1st rounders in this year’s draft.

  25. That Greg Hardy suspension money sure helped.
    One has to wonder if Adrian Peterson is willing to take a big pay cut, and Minnesota is willing to receive a box of poptarts for compensation.

  26. Say what you want about Hardy or Gregory. But you can’t lump this kid in with them. Police have said he’s not a suspect. Media have stop reporting that at the time of the murder, witnesses said they heard her having an argument with someone who wanted a ride somewhere, and that escalated. It was reported the first couple of days, but not since. I’m sure they did plenty of investigating. This kid, unlike the others, seems to just be a victim of bad timing.

  27. It must be nice to have 2 first round draft picks for the price of one. Also, nice play by Collins’ agent to get all the owners to not choose him in the draft… You can’t tell me none of the teams didn’t want to take him late in the draft, but probably were afraid to because he would of been slotted where he was picked and would of been forced to accept the pay for his slot until year 3 or 4 of his career. It would of cost him millions. Now as a FA, he can negotiate his pay and team. I wish the NFL would of forced him to the supplemental draft. Nobody should get a free first round pick as a FA, someone should of had to pay a draft pick for him.

  28. Whether you’re a Cowboys hater (most of you) or not, if history has taught us anything, it’s that when Dallas has a dominant offensive line…

    They tend to win Championships.

  29. To all the comments about picking him up in the 7th.
    La’El had the option of not signing, sitting out the year and re entering the drat next year.
    This way he joined the team of his choice.

  30. In Teddy We Trust says:
    May 7, 2015 1:41 PM
    Well, that seems a little quick. Other than not being the father of the baby, what’s changed since last week?
    ========

    Since last week he has been interviewed by police, answered all of their questions, and they reiterated after the interview that he was not a suspect.

  31. Dallas is pickinup these 1st round picks for peanuts. And all these guy have something to prove. All of them will play with a chip on their shoulder. If nothing g else he’s good trade material.

  32. Well as a Bills fan, at least he didn’t end up in Miami…

    Would have loved to sign him in Buffalo but it doesn’t surprise me he didn’t. We are used to it here.
    I’d imagine it’s going to be hard for Collins to hit those play based bonuses in Dallas. Lot of good players ahead of him on the depth chart.

  33. Good news for you, Mr. Collins. But in the future, you would be wise not to refer to a box of KrispyKreme donuts as “… catch this murder case!” [22 Apr 2012, via Twitter/Instagram].

  34. Can someone explain to me why everyone on here is lumping him in with Greg Hardy?

    Not only has Collins never been convicted of a crime, he’s never even been arrested. There are NO off the field issues with this guy other than that he was questioned as a non-suspect in a case that involved an ex-girlfriend.

    Use your heads, people.

  35. Be SAID he would not sign if he was not selected by the end of the 3rd round!! FACTS!!! Dam people, don’t u read!! All these jokers with the why not spend a 7th round pick on the guy.

  36. Brawling right tackle or guard prospect in the NFL who has had a level of success in hyper-competitive SEC West. Lacks athleticism to be a consistent left tackle, despite his snaps there in college. Collins plays with a mean streak that is evident in every game, and could come in and start right away in a power-running game as a guard.

  37. * There was never a chance he would sign in a cold weather city being from Baton Rouge and playing his college ball there. And he was never going to go to some town like Buffalo or Cleveland … well, for obvious reasons. If I were the GM of one of those teams, I would have spent the 7th on him just to block him from going elsewhere. If he doesn’t give in, at least you know one of your opponents won’t get him and you have the same shot as everyone else to get him next year.

    * All UDFAs sign 3-year deals. He didn’t have the option of a 1-year or 2-year deal.

    * What is all this talk about him being a criminal? I get the Dallas jokes, but seriously people this man is innocent according to the police. No motive, has a alibi, lay off this kid. As it appears now this is just bad luck. bad luck that will end up costing him $10M over the next 3 years. None of you have experienced bad luck like that in your lifetime.

  38. A good get for the cowboys yet they’ll still manage to screw up somehow, someway because of Jerry Jones.

  39. Irrespective of what you think about the Cowboys… this situation turned out about as well as it could have for Collins. Yes he lost millions by not being a 1st-round pick, but he is now on a contending team with enough depth on the OL that he doesn’t have a lot of pressure to be the guy who’s gonna come in and fix everything. If he stays healthy, stays out of trouble and plays up to his hype, he can make a killing on his 2nd contract whether that be in Dallas or someplace else.

  40. Cowboys getting potentially three first round draft picks… for peanuts.

    Cue the haters in 3,2,1…

  41. As much as I think Jerry Jones is a goofball, I have to give him MAJOR KUDOS for this. To the other 31 teams, you just couldn’t draft him in the 6th or 7th rounds, incredible.

    – Viking fan

    P.S. Spielman we needed another wide body on the Oline. C’mon man!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  42. Many teams wanted to but his agent was telling them that he’d either hold out, or re-enter the draft next year or such….anything to avoid being a 7th rd pick to a team he doesn’t care to join.

    • • • •

    I’m kind of surprised that worked out for him. I wonder if future draft prospects will try a similar move (while potentially having a wink-nod agreement with a team).

    Imagine if Mariota’s agency did the same to cause him to not get picked early just to get picked by the Eagles at 20 (of course that may have cost him around $13 million if he did this)

  43. As a Cowboys fan all I can do is laugh at all these “keyboard critics” when the majority of your teams were interested in signing him too. AND ALL TEAMS still had the chance to take him at least in the 7th rounds to secure his rights…. HE CHOSE the Cowboys over all these other teams knowing the Cowboys already had 3 first round picks and a recently drafted 3rd round pick invested in this line. Now the Boys have 4 potential 1st round picks invested i n our oline.

  44. look at the bright side Eagles fans…

    Your offensive line is suspect, but you drafted a receiver in the first round…

    Maybe Demarco can run behind the rookie receiver…

  45. I would think him not being the father of the baby would enhance his chance of being connected. Like she sleeps around gets pregnant and sees a payday with her ex boyfriend who is an NFL prospect. He finds out he’s not the father and has the situation taken care of.

  46. For the first time I’m thinking this kid might be guilty. Certainly showed a poor lack of judgment here.

  47. 3rd round pick money and got to choose his own team. Plus they grabbed an OT with their 3rd rounder. Trading Doug Free for some help on defense sounds like a good move.

  48. Somebody should have used a 7th round just to keep him from signing with other teams. Even if you don’t want him, draft him and then it keeps him off of other teams for at least a year.

  49. richheddleson says:
    May 7, 2015 2:11 PM
    Minimum wage for the next 3 years…….
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    1.7 mil guaranteed is minimum wage? Reading is overrated….smh

  50. Feel sorry the kid. No reason he shouldn’t have been put in the supplemental draft to try to recoup some of the money he lost.

    Great move for the Cowboys. Can never have too many offensive linemen and they just got a major deal on a kid who just a week ago would have cost a ton more. Who cares if he can’t crack the starting lineup on day 1, the kid is a starting tackle in this league the Cowboys got him on the cheap. Hats off on this one.

  51. I have issue with one of the “NFL’s top offensive lines.” A good line, yes, but doesn’t meet the definition of TOP.

    2014 stats show Dallas was #7 in yards, #11 in 1st downs, #16 in passing, #15 in receiving, and only broke the Top 5 with #2 in rushing.

    This does a disservice to those in the Top 5 who actually are a TOP OFFENSIVE LINE. Like, let’s use the Saints as an example. #1 in passing, #1 in 1st downs, #3 in passing, #3 in receiving and #13 in rushing and finished #4 overall.

    Dallas didn’t even break the Top 5 overall offense.

    So please, let’s reserve the slobbering for the teams that actually earned it.

  52. This makes absolutely no sense for the Cowboys

    of course Jerrah is the GM so nothing he does makes sense
    =====
    Yeah, because Ron Leary is SUCH a stud at LG, and Doug Free is going to play forever at RT.

    smh

  53. silentfreedom5 says:
    May 7, 2015 2:08 PM
    How do you sign a player on May 7th when you cant talk to him until May 9th?
    =========

    Is this the first article you’ve read about this? Because most of the others pointed out that he couldn’t meet with teams in his home or on campus. He was free to meet with them anytime he wanted anywhere else.

  54. gopackgo234 says:
    May 7, 2015 1:40 PM
    This makes absolutely no sense for the Cowboys

    of course Jerrah is the GM so nothing he does makes sense

    ———————-

    I know we are both Packer fans but how does signing a 1st round pick for rookie free agent money not make sense for any team? It doesn’t matter if he won’t play right away as he is coming in cheap. Having a great back up isn’t such a bad thing in a sport like football. Chances are someone on that line is going down and he will be contributing. Can NEVER have enough great offensive linemen. I wish the Packers would have made this move and Collins would have rode the pine in Green Bay to start as well.

  55. Just another example of the commissioner lacking in doing the right thing in this situation.

    This is a highly unusual matter which the commissioner should have reviewed and determined that the fairest route would be to transfer Collins’s rights into the Supplemental Draft.

    It amazes me how ineffective this commissioner remains in matters like this. I just cannot comprehend how the commissioner can sit back and allow a top talent (according to all pre-draft reports) be passed-up by all teams (including Dallas) then entering free agency.

    I don’t fault the Cowboys or any other team that tried to sign him— But this should be a matter that the commissioner uses his notorious “Exempt List” — reviews the matter until authorities cleared the player— Then shifted him within the Supplemental Draft.

  56. sientfreedom5 says:
    May 7, 2015 2:08 PM
    How do you sign a player on May 7th when you cant talk to him until May 9th?
    —————–
    Where did this crock o’ manure come from? Dude was an UDFA and last I looked, UDFA’s can start getting contracts right after the draft. Heck, more than a few come away with “if you’re not drafted, we want to sign you,” arraignments. Whoever started this May 9th stuff was yanking your crank.

  57. I’m glad for this guy. I don’t understand how just because someone he used to date ends up killed that he has to potentially end a promising career. Seriously, what’s the statute of limitations on considering an ex a suspect? One year? Five years? If a guy I dated in the past ends up dead do they round up all of the women he used to date and interrogate them?

  58. That loud thump you just heard…

    That was the rest of the NFC East’s hopes that just came crashing down….

  59. Why do people keep asking why a team didn’t risk a 7th round pick on him? He and his agent clearly said that if he didn’t get drafted in round 1-2, then he wouldn’t sign with any team who drafted him after that and just re-enter the draft next year.

    He was probably hoping that a team would in fact draft him between rounds 3-7 so he could get 1st/2nd round money next draft. But his bluff failed and since he didn’t get drafted, he couldn’t re-enter the draft next year.

    So at this point, it wasn’t about money since every team pretty much could only offer him the same amount. It came down to where he wanted to play at the end of the day.

    He chose a contending team with what was already regarded the best O-Line in the league. You can’t really blame him there!

    I can’t even imagine how insane this Dallas O-Line is going to be. It already was, but this just might make it one of the best all time if he pans out.

  60. The only thing funny about this situation is all the cowboys fans heaping praise onto Jerry Jones after listening to what an idiot he was for the last decade.

  61. AP could EASILY make a run at the all time mark if he demanded a trade!

    Dammit demand to come home AP!

    I don’t think 2200 is out of the question….

    I have said since before the draft that Collins could come here and be a part of the best bookends in the NFL….

    God, it is gonna be fun watching some pancakes being served on Sunday’s this year!

  62. OK Spielman, it probably was impossible to land Collins, but will you try to trade with Dallas or whoever to get one of their lineman, now that we found out Kahlil’s knees are no better than a couple of cans of ALPO? But, thank Godd we picked up Kahlil’s option. SMH.

    You already knew Kahlil turned into roadkill.

    – P__ed Off Viking fan

  63. Maybe he can be RB after the week 2 injury that will inevitably hit Darren McFadden.

  64. This is why as a Redskins fan I don’t have faith in our new GM. You let Gregory pass for guy with average at best pass rush skills. Why not use a late pick on Collins.? We could have a beast of a line overnight. SMDH

  65. Darren McFadden better not injure his ankle from jumping up and down with this news. Adrian Peterson, throw a tantrum and demand to come home, 2500 yards is gonna be in the dust running behind this line.

  66. 1.7 for three years? That’s nothing. I hope it’s backloaded with incentives. I ll still never understand how this guy didn’t get in front of this sooner. He cost himself a boatload of moolah.

  67. They might trade someone, but no one gets cut.

    Oh, and every team had at least one fan posting on this board how they wanted their team to sign this guy. Take your shots at Dallas, but remember, those from Texas shoot back.

  68. Oh Cowboys fans, how you make me laugh.

    The buzz of finally winning a play-off game has gone to your head.

    Be assured, regardless of how moves look on paper, the rest of us trust in Jerry to be Jerry. We’ll be LOL-ing before long,

    Also, nice job of some of you showing loyalty to the running back who carried you last season.

  69. bluenose, you don’t pay players for what they did. You pay them for what they will do. Murray lost steam as the year wore on and had crucial fumbles, especially against Green Bay.

    Murray didn’t do much before last year. That was the line, not him.

    The Cowboys just got three first-round picks with only NO. 27 going in. Wow.

  70. Another Gangster for ‘Murica’s Team of Jailbirds. Collins is stupid and could’ve made more money by being drafted in one of the later rounds. Cowboys lost their best offensive weapon this year in Murray. Unless this guy is going to be a RB, this guy isn’t going to be anything else but riding pine.

  71. urfinished says:
    May 7, 2015 1:48 PM
    There are going to be less criminals in the Dallas jail than on the field. Stay classy Cowboys
    ————————-
    He wasn’t the child’s father so no motive, he had an alibi, the police said he is not a suspect, so how exactly is he a criminal?
    ———————————————
    Were the results of the paternity test known to him prior to the murder? If not, he had plenty of motive.

  72. drunkwino says:
    May 7, 2015 2:27 PM

    sientfreedom5 says:
    May 7, 2015 2:08 PM
    How do you sign a player on May 7th when you cant talk to him until May 9th?
    —————–
    Where did this crock o’ manure come from? Dude was an UDFA and last I looked, UDFA’s can start getting contracts right after the draft. Heck, more than a few come away with “if you’re not drafted, we want to sign you,” arraignments. Whoever started this May 9th stuff was yanking your crank.

    Hey Wino, yesterday ‘s story was about teams wanting to meet with him, but not being able to visit him until after LSU’s finals were finished, which happens on May 9th. There was nothing preventing teams from bringing him in for a visit, which is what happened here.

    Most UDFAs have deals done by phone or fax, but with this guy, teams wanted to get the entire story straight form him, so that is the reason for the face-to-face meetings.

  73. edgarcaetano says:
    May 7, 2015 1:43 PM
    Why didn’t any team spend a 7th round pick on this guy, just for his rights, instead of taking a flier on a future nobody?

    ———————

    If no one drafts him, he can’t enter the 2016 draft.

    If someone drafted him, he could refuse to play and enter the 2016 draft.

    By not being drafted, he can sign a 3 year deal (for minimum dollars, almost no guarantee, etc) and then sign a new one in 3 years for a much bigger salary and he can choose his team.

  74. voiceofrealism says:
    May 7, 2015 2:45 PM

    urfinished says:
    May 7, 2015 1:48 PM
    There are going to be less criminals in the Dallas jail than on the field. Stay classy Cowboys
    ————————-
    He wasn’t the child’s father so no motive, he had an alibi, the police said he is not a suspect, so how exactly is he a criminal?
    ———————————————
    Were the results of the paternity test known to him prior to the murder? If not, he had plenty of motive.
    —————————-

    Other media reports state that he passed independent polygraph testS. Capital S to emphasize more than one. Passed is not inconclusive, passed is passed.

  75. What a bunch of bull. There had to be collusion to not draft Collins. The49ers drafted a few injured players who may never play. The CB from Oregon who shredded his knee may never play and he was drafted.

    You can’t tell me not a single team would have spent a 7th rounder on Collins just to have his rights unless they were instructed not to by the league.

    This is a fraud. Collins should go in the supplemental draft.

  76. Jones is desperate to win a Super Bowl without Jimmy Johnson, and no red flag is too red. First Hardy, then Gregory, and now Collins.

  77. baddegg says:
    May 7, 2015 2:51 PM
    If Peterson signs with the Cowboys he may rush for 3,000 yards.

    ———————————————-

    Which would be much more likely if he was not under contract for three more years. He’s not free to sign where he pleases, and he’s not being traded.

  78. A team should have drafted him in the 7th round just to keep him from teams like the Cowboys and Patriots… even if he sat out a year, who cares, at least nobody would have gotten him for free.

    NFL screwed the pooch on this one, they should have allowed him in supplemental draft.

  79. Hah, loving the haters on this site as much as ever.

    It’s one of the true advantages the Cowboys have over other teams, have the owner also being the GM, there is no fear of making moves like signing La’El Collins and drafting Randy Gregory. These are moves that should’ve been no-brainers for every team, but only one team got it done. Well done Jerry.

    If your favorite team wasn’t in the mix for La’El Collins, then you really need to question the way your favorite team is run.

  80. This could be a bad omen for the league. You let a player essentially become a free agent out of the draft when he should have been picked I’m the 1st/2nd round. If I were a potential high 1st rounder and didn’t want to go to team like Jacksonville, I could have my agent make up a rumor that slides me out of the draft and then sign with who I want (a contender) with a contract much like a 1st/2nd pick. Maybe I’m wrong about this but seems logical. Should have put him in the supplemental draft.

  81. I’m sorry, but this whole situation is ridiculous that he just gets to sign with anyone he’d like. The whole point of having a draft is to prevent this exact kind manipulation from occurring. The supplemental draft would have been perfect for this situation because teams that really wanted him would have been willing to give a 1st or 2nd round pick for him from next year’s draft.

    Instead, the Cowboys get a basically free, extra 1st round pick? I’m sorry, Goodell has done a lot of things badly that I disagree with, but this is truly his most inept moment. The passive coward is a terrible leader and has no mind for the integrity of the draft process. This is wrong.

  82. SMH, as a Cowboys fan this disturbs me. At some point character does matter. Whatever happened to Garrett’s notion of the “right type of guy”?

    A team with Dez, Josh Brent, Hardy, Gregory, Randle and Collins is likely to ensure that the Cowboys won’t have enough players on a Sunday or two b/c these guys might be locked up. Geez I know it might be possible to save a guy or two but the collective energy of this bunch will likely bring bad things.

  83. I think in the long run he would be better of with Miami, however if this is true then he made his choice and I wish him well. With money not the big issue, wanting to be close to home is a strong desire. Bill

  84. In Teddy We Trust says:
    May 7, 2015 1:41 PM
    Well, that seems a little quick. Other than not being the father of the baby, what’s changed since last week?

    His Price Tage maybe?

  85. ^^^^ So your team signs Greg Hardy, Randy Gregory and La’el Collins…I think you should question how YOUR team is being run.

  86. Can he play defense? The cowgirls o-line was already great. Does he make it any better? The Cowgirls sure love to sign felons or those who are suspected of felonies. This is the 90’s cowgirls all over again. Irvin, Leon Lett, Nate Newton and others would be so proud..

  87. input88 says:
    May 7, 2015 3:01 PM
    SMH, as a Cowboys fan this disturbs me. At some point character does matter. Whatever happened to Garrett’s notion of the “right type of guy”?

    A team with Dez, Josh Brent, Hardy, Gregory, Randle and Collins is likely to ensure that the Cowboys won’t have enough players on a Sunday or two b/c these guys might be locked up. Geez I know it might be possible to save a guy or two but the collective energy of this bunch will likely bring bad things.
    ______________________________________
    Josh Brent will not be making the final roster after this draft.

    People are quick to criticize Randy Gregory, who nobody knows anything about besides what they’ve read in the media. If it bleeds it leads.

    Greg Hardy screwed up big time but his suspension will be overturned in court after it is held up by the arbitrator

    Joseph Randle has no pending legal issues and has only been convicted of stealing boxers/cologne.

    Dez has not been in trouble since his first season in the NFL, but the media loves recycling old news about Dallas for clicks.

    Glad to clear that up for you

  88. footballluvindude says:
    May 7, 2015 1:41 PM
    If this is true, what a great get. Could be the best O-line of all time. Way to go Jerry!
    ______________________________________
    Best ever? No way that the Cowboys 2015 Offensive line will ever come even close to the 1993-94 Dallas Cowboys Offensive line or the 1990-91 Buffalo Bills Offensive line! Both the 90’s Cowboys and Bills lines were complete bulldozing monsters!

  89. I am dumbfounded as to how no team used a 7th round pick on this guy. I know it’s been expressed a few times here already, but look at it this way now that he has signed with the Cowboys:

    If any team in the NFC East but the Cowboys had drafted him, at best they end up negotiating a deal with him and getting first round talent, and at worst he does not play for a competing team this year, they lose a 7th round pick, and he sits the year out and enters in next year’s draft where Dallas or some other team has to burn a higher round pick.

    Very few things dumbfound me because you always figure there’s a rational answer behind closed doors, but this one just doesn’t make sense.

  90. I can’t wait to see the Cowboy fans meltdown when they find out that last year was a fluke.

  91. Good pick up by the Cowboys…however, I think once the draft was over and he became cleared he should have been placed in the supplemental draft… be fair to all teams..

  92. that guy ought to fire his agent , what kind of money does he think he’s gonna get with 3 1st rd. players on that o-line with him ? jerrr saw him coming lolol

  93. Everyone knows I HATE the Cowboys but this was a GREAT signing for them and La’el Collins:
    1. He’s playing on the team with the best O line in the game today.
    2. No pressure for him to come in and play right away.
    3. I love the San Diego area but by not going there, he’s saving almost 250k in state taxes.

    Since he didn’t stay in LA and sign with my Saints, I wish he would have signed with the Texans (my 2nd fav team.) Great decision for Collins, he picked a state close to home, he’s got a guaranteed contract and he maximized his money by signing in a state with no income taxes.

  94. They lost Jeremy Parnell (a career backup) to the Jaguars this offseason for a ridiculous $32M FA contract.

    By those numbers, Ron Leary and/or Doug Free should net 2nd round draft picks in a trade. Both are better football players, and underpaid.

  95. Not an NFC East fan….but lesson learned…this happens again, blow a 7th rounder on him, if nothing else, stop him from going to your competition, and make him go back in the draft next year and your competition actually blowing a draft pick on him to get him.

    If I’m an eagles, giants, skins fan, I’m jacked at this first round grade for nothing get by the ‘boys!

  96. Jones, Gregory, Collins. Three first round talents with one first round pick. Good week.

  97. Look at that, he got to evaluate his options of potential employers that wanted his services, he was able to make a decision based on what was going to potentially be the best situation for him to learn and grow as a professional. While the draft seems like a great honor, it really has destroyed the careers of so many potentially great players by going to the wrong situation for all parties involved. Wonder if future potential draft picks, will try and go undrafted once you get past the third round. Or maybe the draft drops to only 3 rounds.

  98. Wow, not bad, Jerrah.

    I’m no Cowboys fan, but this was a hell of a win for them. You win a begrudgingly respectful “well done” from me.

  99. Interesting that all the folks hating the Cowboys for this signing, different than Hardy by the way, would have loved it if their team signed either one of them.

  100. Great pick up for depth. Got chaz green in the 3rd round and now collins for next to nothing. Both guys will backup the “weak” links on the oline in free and leary.

  101. A lot of Mock Drafts had La’el Collins and Randy Gregory in the top 10 maybe 2 weeks before the Draft. Their talent didn’t vanish in 2 weeks.

  102. Love him or hate him, you have to admit that Jerral Wayne “Jerry” Jones Sr. is a master at closing a deal.

    If this one pays off, that line is going to be insanely scary to deal with.

  103. How much did jerry give under the table? I was reading the highest cap was 1.7 but his agent was pushing teams to open wallets

  104. @ natijim235 says:

    wow the raider way….sign the misguided and criminals

    Misguided? Criminals? La’ell was implicated in a very bad situation that involved an ex-girlfriend, but he did nothing wrong, so stop the hate. Seriously, you haters need to grow a pair.

    Hardy was convicted of misdemeanors, and then the girl refused to testify. Whether Hardy paid her off or not is conjecture. The point is the prosecutors CHOSE not to pursue the case, and they certainly could have without her, but her story was too wishy-washy and there was no concrete evidence.

    Dallas just landed a top 10 pick in Collins, and this guy can play Guard or Tackle on either side of the line. This was a HUGE signing.

    Oh, the level of butt-hurt the haters will have after this –
    the Cowboys now have 3 first round talents,yet they had only one first round pick, and it was in the bottom of the first.

  105. The Cowboys are actively trying to be the most hated team in professional sports. How much of their payroll is devoted to babysitters and lifestyle coaches?
    Pitiful!!!!

  106. Someone this guy once dated was killed, and people think he is a bad guy. He was asked what he knew because he used to know this chick.

    Ended up costing him millions, and there isn’t anything connecting him with the murder. Cops say he isn’t involved, he had an alibi, and passed a lie detector test.

    Dude’s innocent and people still lumping him in with turds like Hardy just because they hate Dallas.

    Eat a bag of em, haters.

  107. The amount of sour grapes and replayed insults are almost too much for this Cowboys fan to take! I’m feeling really full but it’s too delicious to stop eating now.

    You wanted him, we got him…all the other noise is just making you feel better (hopefully).

    Win or lose this year nobody can say that on this week…Jerry Jones and Cowboys organization schooled the rest of the league.

    Deal with that!

  108. Chill guys. With a GM such as Jerry Jones, Dallas will never-ever make it to the SB again, doesn’t matter who they sign.

    Though I do feel sorry for all the picks above Dallas that would have drafted this young man as he was selected to go First Round, 12-15.

    But, it is what it is. Its not like this signing made Dallas unbeatable. They’re always beatable.

  109. Tyron Smith, Ronald Leary, Travis Fredreick, Zack Martin and La’el Collins (who could replace Ronald Leary if he ever goes down because of that left knee condition he has and/or moving Zack Martin to right tackle.)

    That my friends is the foundation and formula to a Superbowl winning team.

    Now they need to address that defensive line and secondary.

    Even with Greg Hardy (who knows if he will be around) Gregory and De’Marcus Lawrence, don’t think the Cowboys are up to par with the best of the D-lines in the league…but its a step in the right direction for once.

    I’m not sure if Jerry Jones is still calling the shots…It doesn’t feel right…kind of reminds of Jimmy Johnson drafting..

  110. Was this Jerry or his son? Jerry i still see as crazy Manziel, Roy Williams loving, leather helmet wearing nutjob. His son I associate with building smart and devoid of the impulse buy genes. Regardless of who got it done it’s a great addition.

  111. Love him or hate him, you have to admit that Jerral Wayne “Jerry” Jones Sr. is a master at closing a deal.

    ———————————————–
    Considering every team pursuing him would have offered him the same deal, Dallas had to have thrown in some “under-the-table” extras, guarantee it!

    Jones has shown through team and personal business dealings that he has no problem with breaking the rules. Arrogant rich people always think they’re “above the law.”

  112. I don’t know whether to be scared of Dallas or scared for Dallas fans. Their strategy seems to be to throw darts at as many low-character guys as possible and hope one of them sticks. Of course if a more than one stick, Dallas could be a heck of a scary team, but ifless than that stick, Dallas could be a heck of a disaster.

  113. He’s playing on the team with the best O line in the game today.

    ———————————————-
    Funny, the 2014 o-line stats don’t support that statement, at all.

    And, the 2015 o-line hasn’t played yet.

    I guess we just make up our own stats along the way, or consult our crystal ball, right?

    SMH

  114. Well, since everyone seems to want to trade for Adrian Peterson and the Cowboys just got three first round draft choices in one year, maybe they could offer their next two first round picks for Peterson.

  115. As much as I despise the Cowboys every team had the ability to draft Collins so shut it; including my Dolphins.

  116. thetruthcampaign says:
    May 7, 2015 3:11 PM
    There’s still the issue of….you have Romo.
    _____

    You mean “Pro Bowl QB” Tony Romo???

    Or did you mean “Highest Total QBR Rated QB In 2014” Tony Romo?

    Or “Best QB In The NFC East” Tony Romo???

    Take your pick. Yeah, that’s a bad problem to have.

    LMAO!!!!

  117. Josh Brent will not be making the final roster after this draft.

    People are quick to criticize Randy Gregory, who nobody knows anything about besides what they’ve read in the media. If it bleeds it leads.

    Greg Hardy screwed up big time but his suspension will be overturned in court after it is held up by the arbitrator

    Joseph Randle has no pending legal issues and has only been convicted of stealing boxers/cologne.

    Dez has not been in trouble since his first season in the NFL, but the media loves recycling old news about Dallas for clicks.

  118. @ kimbo71006 says:

    He’s playing on the team with the best O line in the game today.
    ———————————————-
    Funny, the 2014 o-line stats don’t support that statement, at all. And, the 2015 o-line hasn’t played yet. I guess we just make up our own stats along the way, or consult our crystal ball, right? SMH

    Keep shaking your head. It may just perk up some neurons. PFF ranked the Dallas O-line # 1 last year – maybe that is what was referred to as the “best o-line in the game”. The O-line was stellar last year, and it looks like they got even better this year with the addition of Collins. Plus Martin has a year under his belt, and he should continue to improve his craft.

    You can hate Jerruh and the Cowboys all you want – it doesn’t change that they had a nice defensive draft AND just landed one of (if not the) highest rated lineman in the draft who can play multiple positions. Basically they landed 3 first round talents with one pick in the first round. How sweet is that? Well, for Cowboys fans, that is.

    Smith-Collins-Frederick-Martin-Free is likely the new O-line.

    If all can stay healthy, they should be able to churn out a lot of yards on the ground this year, even without Murray, and continue to protect Romo.

    You can hate all you want, but the Cowboys inconveniently got better for all you haters through the draft and the addition of Collins as an UDFA.

    Are there any OTHER sources of butt-hurt you would like to discuss?

  119. They didn’t get a running back, but the Cowboys have seriously loaded up in the trenches. This was probably the best (and most surprising) “get” of their off season. Right now, it’s all on paper of course, but it’s pretty great looking paper…

  120. @ thirdistheworrd says:
    “I don’t know whether to be scared of Dallas or scared for Dallas fans. Their strategy seems to be to throw darts at as many low-character guys as possible and hope one of them sticks. Of course if a more than one stick, Dallas could be a heck of a scary team, but if less than that stick, Dallas could be a heck of a disaster”.

    Hardy was convicted of a misdemeanor. The woman involved decided not to proceed any further, and after that, the prosecution decided to drop the case (without needing the girl to be involved) because the evidence wasn’t there.

    Gregory smoked pot and lied about it. Low character or just a young, immature kid who made a dumb decision?

    Collins did NOTHING wrong. He was implicated because it was an ex-girlfriend, and unfortunately her and her baby died. It was a terrible incident, but Collins has been cleared 100%. He was “guilty” of only being her boyfriend in the past.

    As a hater, you don’t be scared FOR Dallas fans – we can handle our own business. But thanks for the “concern”.

    Whatever………

  121. It’s not that Collins signed with a team that everyone is upset about. It’s the fact that he signed with Dallas.

    Collins is a good kid, so I’m not sure why everyone seems to think he is a criminal. I can go down each and every roster and pick out a hand full of players that have accusations and convictions on their records. I love how everyone asks so self righteous like they have never done anything wrong or been put in a situation where the right answer wasn’t clear.

    Keep up the hate because tonight Dallas is toasting using tears of our haters. Cheers!!!

  122. So we know how much Collins is making off this deal….1.7ish. I wonder how much extra his agent is making on the side off of ole Jerrah to make this happen?

  123. Huge move for Dallas, that line may rival the early 90’s version. Hate the Cowboys, but a brilliant football decision.
    I (99.9%) doubt he was involved and lost a ton of cash…but will hit FA a couple years earlier.

    I can’t wait for week 2. My football life is better when the Eagles and Pokes are rivals for the top spot. NY and Foreskins can enjoy the talk during summer, until harsh reality sets in yet again.

  124. As a Giants fan this makes me sick. I think it is a great move by the Cowboys. High reward low risk. If the kid is cleared they got a top 15 prospect for nothing. They could have two of the best young OTs in football for a decade.

    Tip my hat to Jerry on this one!

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