UPDATE: The details of the contract are in.
Details on #Cowboys T La'el Collins' new contract: five year extension, $50 million in "new money," source says. First two years are fully guaranteed and Collins gets $35 million in total guarantees.— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) September 3, 2019
Cowboys fans have been waiting for the big news regarding a contract extension. The twist? Most didn’t see it being for starting right tackle La’el Collins. According to multiple reports, the Cowboys have agreed to terms with Collins on a five-year extension.
Actually, it’s a done deal for the #Cowboys and T La’el Collins. Sources say the sides have agreed to a five-year extension. The former undrafted free agent (albeit because of non-football reasons) cashes in.— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) September 3, 2019
This extensions comes at a bit of a surprise as Collins was looked at as one of the guys who could potentially be on the short end of the stick with big-time players looking to land new deals. Collins has been a consistent presence on the offensive line since going undrafted in the 2015 NFL Draft. This is the second contract extension that the Cowboys have given to Collins, and at 26, there’s a chance he could see a third-contract from the Cowboys (or another team), before retirement comes.
It’s no secret what the strength of this Cowboys team is and what the front office wants to keep it intact. The Cowboys spent a third-round pick on Connor McGovern who will look to be a backup for the team for the foreseeable future, but when you want to keep your strengths strong, that’s a move you make.
With Jaylon Smith and La’el Collins agreeing to extensions this offseason, there is less of the pie left. With just four days before the Cowboys week one matchup, none of the big-three (Ezekiel Elliott, Dak Prescott, and Amari Cooper) have received contract extensions.