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    Cowboys DT Maliek Collins Entering Difficult Contract Year

    Maliek Collins is about to enter the fourth and final year of his rookie contract. The Cowboys defensive , taken in the of the 2016 draft, would love to be considered among , , and as major stars of that class. But he hasn't made it so far, and the team's makeup in 2019 could make things even more difficult.

    If he wants to remain a starter this season, Collins will have to compete with veteran and emerging stud . He may also need to worry about newly-signed from the Texans, who could blossom as a 4-3 DT as he converts from a 3-4 DE in Houston.

    If that wasn't enough, there is plenty of speculation that Dallas will spend one of its top two picks in this year's draft at defensive tackle.

    With the Cowboys now having signed to a long-term deal and acquiring veteran DE , it would seem that Tyrone Crawford will be fully dedicated to the DT position going forward. There is a strong possibility that Dallas will see Crawford and Antwaun Woods as their top two tackles.

    Of course, “starter” is a loose term when it comes to the Cowboys . The heavy rotation that employs keeps everyone fairly busy.

    But for a guy like Maliek Collins, trying to position himself for in 2020, being stuck in a timeshare isn't ideal. It's especially troubling if you're not getting the majority of the available snaps.

    With no years left on his contract, Collins may even be a target for a cap-saving move. Dallas could or Maliek for an easy $2 million in cap space, which they might value more than the player by final cuts.

    Collins has been a solid player for his three years in Dallas, but circumstances in 2019 are not looking great. Hopefully he can wow the team in this year and at least hold on to his roster spot, if not earning a significant role this season.

    Jess Haynie
    Jess Haynie
    Cowboys fan since 1992, blogger since 2011. Bringing you the objectivity of an outside perspective with the passion of a die-hard fan. I love to talk to my readers, so please comment on any article and I'll be sure to respond!

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    Ahad, Holy Dabir of Aleppo

    I really like Collins and how he fits in our D line rotation. However, if he wants to break the bank, it’s not going to be in Dallas. Too many bigger concerns to get signed ahead of him. This is why I think the draft needs to include a legit DT prospect. TE, S, DT, backup RB should be the priority


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