Cowboys agree to contract extension with La’el Collins

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For the first time in awhile, the Cowboys have positive news to report.

They agreed to a two-year, $15.4 million contract extension, including $4 million to sign, with right tackle La’el Collins, according to Clarence Hill of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

The $7.7 million average ties for third-highest for a right tackle in the league behind Philadelphia’s Lane Johnson ($11.3 million) and Detroit’s Ricky Wagner ($9.5 million) and ties with Washington’s Morgan Moses ($7.7 million). The deal, per Hill, includes a $2 million escalator if Collins plays 85 percent of the snaps.

Collins was projected as a first-round pick out of LSU in 2015, but the death of a former girlfriend under mysterious circumstances a few days before the draft caused his stock to drop. Collins, who went undrafted at the request of his agent, Deryk Gilmore, was cleared of any involvement and chose to sign a three-year, $1.5 million contract with the Cowboys as a free agent.

8 responses to “Cowboys agree to contract extension with La’el Collins

  1. So he’s under contract this year and a restricted free agent in 2018. Why exactly are the Cowboys rushing to extend him?

  2. wlubake says:
    Jul 25, 2017 4:18 PM
    So he’s under contract this year and a restricted free agent in 2018. Why exactly are the Cowboys rushing to extend him?
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    Cheaper this year than next year. NFL salaries escalate annually. It would costs more to wait until spring of 2018 when interest from other teams could possibly drive up the cost. Also, clubs often put clauses into veteran player’s contracts that they will not place things such as the franchise or transition tag tenders on the player following the end of the deal. Due to the circumstances of how Collins went undrafted, It’s likely that in the competition to attract Collins to Dallas, that agreement was made between the two parties. IMHO

  3. okk245 says:
    Jul 25, 2017 5:04 PM
    wlubake says:
    Jul 25, 2017 4:18 PM
    So he’s under contract this year and a restricted free agent in 2018. Why exactly are the Cowboys rushing to extend him?
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    Cheaper this year than next year. NFL salaries escalate annually. It would costs more to wait until spring of 2018 when interest from other teams could possibly drive up the cost. Also, clubs often put clauses into veteran player’s contracts that they will not place things such as the franchise or transition tag tenders on the player following the end of the deal. Due to the circumstances of how Collins went undrafted, It’s likely that in the competition to attract Collins to Dallas, that agreement was made between the two parties. IMHO

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    I guess I didn’t make my bigger point – they pay him like a top 5 RT, but he’s a converted guard. Why not watch him play some RT this year before paying him? I guess worst case he is moved back to guard and paid toward the top of that position.

  4. He was a mauler at left tackle at LSU, being voted First-team All-SEC by the league’s coaches and by the Associated Press. At left tackle he was recognized as the top offensive lineman in the SEC (Jacobs Blocking Trophy). Rated as first round talent and possibly a top 10 pick. He’s returning to a natural position, not to something crazy and experimental.

    One thing to consider, he’s replacing Doug Free, the weakest link of a powerful o-line. At worst, he’s the same player at RT as was Free. As best – he’ll be the player he was rated to be going into the draft.

    I’d be worried perhaps if he was being moved anywhere on the line other than RT. IMHO

  5. From what I’ve read, there is an agreement in Collins’ contract that he will not be tagged after 2017. So wise to do it now. But keep in mind that I read that from Clarence Hill of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, the same one announcing this contract extension, and the same one that falsely announced a contract extension back on May 7th.

  6. There absolutely was a clause in his rookie contract that did disqualify the franchise tag designation–and imagine he comes in and rocks it at RT and he is essentially a non restricted FA after this season, you don’t think some team with a major need at LT or RT is not going to back the brinks truck up to get him?

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