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FRISCO, Texas – As the Dallas Cowboys believe Terence Steele is their real tackle for the present and the future, the team has given La’el Collins’ agents, Deryk Gilmore and Peter Schaffer, permission to seek a deal for their client, told Schaffer. ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Steele, an expired free agent signed in 2020, has started 27 games in his first two seasons, while Collins has handled injuries and suspensions the past two seasons. With a trade, the Cowboys would open up $ 1.3 million in salary cap. Without the deal, the Cowboys would likely release Collins, which could have provided them with $ 10 million in room if they were to appoint him for a post-June 1 cut.
In 2019, Collins signed a five-year, $ 50 million contract extension that brought guaranteed money into this season, but a five-game suspension last year for violating the NFL’s drug abuse policy canceled the $ 6.48 million in guarantees. He is scheduled to earn $ 10 million this season if he remains on the team list, with a cap hit of $ 15.25 million.
Over the last two seasons, Collins missed 21 of 33 games due to injury or exclusion. He did not play in 2020 due to a hip operation and started 10 of the 12 matches he played in 2022.
Collins signed with the Cowboys in 2015 as an unsurpassed free agent, after the circumstances saw him go from a first-round selection to not being selected at all after his name was linked to a murder investigation. The Cowboys landed him after a dinner at Jerry Jones’ house, where he was joined by coaches and soon teammates.
He began his career as a left-back but missed 13 games in 2016 due to a toe injury that required surgery. In 2017, I went over to the right tackle and started 47 out of 48 games. He had his best season in 2019, but his productivity has suffered since he injured his hip.
This could be the start of an offensive makeover for the Cowboys.
Left-winger Connor Williams is set to be a free agent and is not expected to return. The Cowboys have Connor McGovern available to replace Williams, but could look to the draft, specifically in the first round at No. 24 overall, for a guard or center.