La’el Collins was projected to be a top-20 pick heading into the 2015 NFL Draft. Unfortunately, an incident that resulted in the death of an ex-girlfriend forced teams to avoid him completely that spring.
And while Collins himself was cleared of any wrongdoing and signed as a free agent, it cost him cold hard cash in a big way.
Now, just over two years removed from that horrible situation, Collins himself is finally collecting a big payday. The offensive lineman has reportedly agreed to a two-year, $15.4 million extension with the Dallas Cowboys.
La'el Collins finally gets paid. He and Cowboys have agreed on a two-year, $15.4m extension thru 2019, source informed of the deal says.
— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) July 25, 2017
Collins, 23, is coming off a 2016 campaign that saw him miss all but three games after suffering a toe injury. That came on the heels of a rookie season that included Collins seeing 11 starts at left guard for the Cowboys.
The former LSU standout will now move to right tackle following the retirement of Doug Free. In understanding the importance of that position, Dallas made sure to pay him in kind.