La’el Collins wants to finish his career in Dallas

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No team has more money invested in its offensive line than the Cowboys. According to spotrac.com, Dallas has $61 million of its cap committed to offensive linemen, almost $13 million more than the second-place spender, the Packers.

The Cowboys have three first-rounders in their offensive line as well as a second-rounder and La'el Collins, who likely would have gone in the first round if not for some untimely and unfortunate circumstances beyond his control on the eve of the draft in 2015.

It seems unlikely the Cowboys can afford to keep Collins after this season, and they prepared for his departure by drafting Connor McGovern in the third round this spring.

But that hasn’t stopped Collins, who is entering the final year of his deal, from hoping to remain in Dallas beyond 2019.

“I would love to stay in Dallas my entire career,” Collins said during his second annual summer youth football camp in Louisiana, via Herbie Teope of The Advocate. “I love the Cowboys, I love Mr. [Jerry] Jones; I love the Jones family. I love everything about the whole organization and what they’ve done for me as a person and as a player.

“For me, it’s just all about going out there and taking it one day at a time, and proving myself, proving my worth, showing them that I want to be there by what I do and now what I say.”

Collins, who is scheduled to earn a base salary of $6.5 million this season, has made 46 starts since the Cowboys signed him as an undrafted free agent. He began his career at left guard before shifting to right tackle.

While Collins might prefer to remain with the Cowboys, it’s a good bet he will find more money waiting for him in free agency.

That would leave the Cowboys to move Connor Williams — a second-round pick in 2018 — from left guard to right tackle in 2020, with McGovern playing left guard. Or if Williams better adjusts to playing guard, the Cowboys could play McGovern at right tackle.

Williams and McGovern both played tackle in college.

Either way, the Cowboys have prepared for the future and will have options if Collins leaves.

9 responses to “La’el Collins wants to finish his career in Dallas

  1. He’s going to get overpaid by some terrible team that will painfully find out that he’s not Tackle material. He can be a dominant Guard, but i think he knows that’s not where the money is. He’s just a step too slow out off the snap.

  2. If any Cowboy deserves to get paid it is this guy. He has been underpaid from the start. Moving a guard to his position may not work out as well as they think.

  3. Hope it works out Mr Collins. Love loyalty. Hooefully the Cowboys can afford to show you the same love.

  4. worth every penny cowboys O-Line is great and powered them thru the saints. but dang the packers arent getting their moneys worth that Oline stinks on Ice.
    Saints have very underrated olinemen with lots of young 1st rounders

  5. Would I like to keep La’el Collins? Sure. But over the next few years contracts are coming due for Dak Prescott, Amari Cooper, Zeke Elliott, Byron Jones and Jaylon Smith. Can’t give $10-15 million a year to everyone.

  6. Jones held to his word and extended Collins well before he had to, allowing him to recoup some of the money he lost. Collins is in the conversation for the 15th rated RT in the league, that isn’t in question. His rating is anchored by the Paul Alexander experiment last year but he’s a good player that will likely be a victim of the cap and a numbers crunch.

    Cowboys really cannot pay everyone, if you mean everyone. These are the players they will lose.

  7. Getting McGovern in the 3rd round was one of the best value picks in the entire draft. He’s an immediate starter in the NFL at left Guard and it wouldn’t shock me if he started there this year. I’m thrilled about this pick and I’m excited to see him compete this year.

    I was equally shocked to see Mitch Hyatt and Danial Wise went undrafted. I see Hyatt as a capable LT in 2 years and should challenge Fleming this year at Swing Tackle. Prediction – Hyatt makes the roster.
    Wise should a great compliment to Hill at 3 tech for years to come. Wise has a great first step and was easily worth a early 4th selection

    Dallas really got this draft right

  8. Looking forward to seeing this line with Travis Frederick and Tyron Smith healthier, can’t wait to see them smash, roll & pancake the Eagles geezer d-line.

  9. Williams is competition at tackle as he DOES have experience from college to draw upon. However, Connor McGovern never played tackle in college.

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