ESPN’s Ed Werder reports that NFL general managers around the league have heard the “rumor” that the Cowboys could make G La’El Collins available for trade in return for a defensive end.
A Cowboys’ source tells Werder of the idea: “That’s stupid.”
It’s not so much “rumor” as it was a speculative idea tossed out by Charles Robinson as something worth considering for the Cowboys.
Charles Robinson of Yahoo Sports writes that the Cowboys could consider an upgrade at defensive end in either a trade or by using their No. 4 waiver claim position.
Interestingly enough, Robinson says that one player worth keeping an eye on as a potential trade chip for Dallas could be second-year G La’el Collins. Robinson points out that the Cowboys actually have some flexibility at the position, considering that they still have Ronald Leary on their roster.
It’s worth mentioning that Leary has requested to be traded, but Robinson mentions that his injury history likely impacts his value.
The same can’t be said for Collins, who is coming off of an impressive rookie season. It would definitely be tough to move on from a young talent like Collins, so one other option Robinson could see the Cowboys considering is offering up their first-round pick for the right player.
Robinson doesn’t offer any potential trade options for the Cowboys to target.
Both ideas are certainly interesting, but you have to wonder if Dallas would be better off bringing in a veteran like Dwight Freeney to bolster their depth at defensive end. This wouldn’t require them to part with either a young player or a premium pick to get some defensive line help.
Collins, 23, wound up going undrafted out of LSU, but ultimately signed a three-year, $1.599 million contract that is fully guaranteed and included a $21,000 signing bonus. He stand to make bases salaries of $526,750 and $616,750 over the next two years before testing the open market as a restricted free agent.
In 2015, Collins appeared in 12 games and was rated by Pro Football Focus as the No. 51 guard out of 81 qualifying players.