Report: Cowboys move money around in La’el Collins’ contract

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The Cowboys frequently move money around in contracts, creating more cap space.

They already have started that process this offseason, having converted some of La'el Collins‘ 2018 salary into a signing bonus, Field Yates of ESPN reports. Collins will get $150,000 now as part of a signing bonus, allowing the Cowboys to spread the bonus over the next two years.

Collins, an undrafted free agent in 2015, has two years remaining on his deal.

He moved from left guard to right tackle in 2017 after Doug Free retired. He allowed five sacks, according to STATS, Inc., and was called for three holding penalties.

14 responses to “Report: Cowboys move money around in La’el Collins’ contract

  1. So they split $150k over 2 years? In today’s NFL, isn’t $75,000 pocket change? Seems like the paper work isn’t worth the savings.

  2. So you move money on this guys contract to save a few bucks…but they still overpay Dez.
    Penny wise & pound foolish, as my mom used to say

  3. jimnaizeeum – A player has to agree to a restructured contract, and Dez has already said he wouldn’t agree to doing something like that. Otherwise, this won’t be their only restructured contract this off-season. This is what Jerruh does; just moves money around till he can no longer move enough around and he has to ultimately let a star player walk. Walking this tightrope year-in and year-out is why the Cowboys are always up against a wall.

  4. He got ripped off. He would have been a 1st round bust (in all likelyhood) at LT but a steal as a 3rd round guard.

    He will always be an UDFA because no one believed him, did their due diligence or just got scared.

    For the life of me I can’t believe he wasn’t at least plucked in the 7th if not 6th round. Most of those guys you never hear from again after 1 summer.

  5. If the Cowboys have to free up 75K, Dez has NO shot at being on the team.

    He’s not even on the same page as Dak and is nothing more than a decoy who can make the big play from time to time. Those guys don’t get paid 9 million (or whatever it is) when you need to move 75K in a salary cap move.

    Who ever heard of such a small amount? Sounds like someone is paying their Mastercard with their Visa.

  6. James Daugherty says:
    February 2, 2018 at 6:55 pm
    This is what Jerruh does; just moves money around till he can no longer move enough around and he has to ultimately let a star player walk. Walking this tightrope year-in and year-out is why the Cowboys are always up against a wall.
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    Over the cap has the Cowboys at >18m cap space with Martin earning >9m on his 5th year option. Not exactly a narrative buster, but it does show the narrative needs updating. The Cowboys have work to do to be sure and are unlikely to push cap to later years with contracts available. Fredrick, Smith, Bryant, and Lee are candidates for that, but only Fredrick would be desirable, as Smith, Bryant, and Lee all have various issues to not do that.
    They have the space to sign Martin and Lawrence to multi year deals, sign their draft class and more bargain bin F/As (when it starts) right now. Dallas also has 3 bad performance/salary deals. Bryant, Crawford, and Witten. A number of things could be done there.

  7. James Daugherty says:
    February 2, 2018 at 6:55 pm
    jimnaizeeum – A player has to agree to a restructured contract, and Dez has already said he wouldn’t agree to doing something like that. Otherwise, this won’t be their only restructured contract this off-season. This is what Jerruh does; just moves money around till he can no longer move enough around and he has to ultimately let a star player walk. Walking this tightrope year-in and year-out is why the Cowboys are always up against a wall.

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    Dez said he wouldn’t take a pay cut. A pay cut is different than a restructured contract. A restructured contract takes base salary, and turns it into a signing bonus. The player gets his money up front, instead of during the season. The player loses nothing when a contract is restructured in this way. He actually gets paid sooner. If Dez doesn’t want his money up front, he’s an idiot…ah, wait, nevermind.

  8. The contract that still haunts the Cowboys and did for years ..was
    Tony Romo’s. The love affair between the Jones and Romo sort
    of hurt the team. Romo was a talented QB who had an unusually
    close relationship to ownership that in the long run hurt the team
    both internally and financially.
    The Jones family is a good family. Perhaps Jerry Jones biggest
    failing is his unusual loyalty to his players. This sometimes steps in the
    way of making sound football decisions. However, in the long run
    Cowboy players know they were treated better than 99% of NFl
    Players.

  9. jimnaizeeum says:
    February 2, 2018 at 5:58 pm
    So you move money on this guys contract to save a few bucks…but they still overpay Dez.
    Penny wise & pound foolish, as my mom used to say
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    Dez EARNED his contract. You weren’t crying that he was underpaid when he was balling out on a rookie contract that didn’t reflect his on field production so stop complaining about his contract now.

  10. I wonder if this guy is going to get paid when his rookie contract expires. He has not gotten into trouble after his stock fell way off, and went undrafted because of allegations of personal misconduct.

  11. Brandon in Northwest Suburbia says:
    February 3, 2018 at 5:31 am
    Bottom line: PFF #56 overall tackle is still owed $11m over the next two years on a team with cap problems. 3 years in, next year is make or break for Collins.
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    Collins is a GUARD and his salary is whatever a 4 tear UDFA makes. 3.2 over 4 years? He’s not making 11 million. Not now but perhaps later.

    He lost that much when he was victim of of circumstances that he had no control over. Although the true victim is the poor soul who lost her life.

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