The biggest story surrounding the Dallas Cowboys remains the contract negotiation the team is in the middle of with star Running Back Ezekiel Elliott. Per a report from Charles Robinson of Yahoo Sports, the team is close to reaching an agreement on a contract extension with yet another player not named Elliott.
The #Cowboys are close to completing a long-term contract extension with offensive tackle La'el Collins. It could be finalized as early as today. I expect it to be similar to the Jaylon Smith deal, with Collins and Dallas reaching a contract beneficial for both the player & team.
Just a week or so ago the Cowboys surprised with a contract extension for Linebacker Jaylon Smith. Now, it seems the team is close to reaching an agreement with Right Tackle La’el Collins that will keep him with the team beyond 2019. This comes after Collins mentioned that he wanted to be a member of the Dallas Cowboys for life.
Collins has been the Cowboys starting right tackle for the team for the past two seasons after making the switch from left guard. He’s been good and it was expected that he would see a nice payday when he hit free agency in the 2020 offseason. NFL teams are always looking for and willing to pay tackles with experience and Collins looked to be on his way out the door.
Per Robinson’s report, the Cowboys and Collins are working on a deal that would be mutually beneficial for both parties.
The news comes as a bit of a surprised as the team looked to be planning for life without Collins after drafting Connor Williams in 2018 and Connor McGovern in 2019. It seemed that Williams would move out to right tackle and McGovern would slide in at left guard.
With Collins and the Dallas Cowboys close to an agreement, this give the offensive line a chance to have the same starting five for 2020 and potentially several years beyond, depending on the length of the contract. Having that kind of offensive line continuity is huge for a team whose identity has built around the offensive line and the run game.
Collins has consistently improved his consistency and level of play at right tackle. The Dallas Cowboys finding a way to retain Collins is huge for the future of the team moving forward.
While all eyes are focused on the contract negotiation of their star running back, the Dallas Cowboys continue to make solid decisions for the future of the franchise at other positions.
Once the terms of an agreement are known, we’ll have a breakdown of what it means for the cap, but you can be sure, the Dallas Cowboys will have done the math to make sure they can work in their big offensive stars.
La’el Collins getting paid may come as a surprise, but it’s a great surprise for a team that has a shot of having a contender for the foreseeable future.
Updated at 10:00 am 9/3/2019.
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.
La’el Collins’ contract is a five-year extension that gives him the highest amount of guarantees for a right tackle on the NFL. The new deal keeps the Cowboys’ right tackle with the team through the 2024 season.
Report: Cowboys G Connor Williams to Undergo Arthroscopic Knee Surgery, Expected to Miss a Few Weeks
The Dallas Cowboys received a bit of bad news today. According to ESPN's Todd Archer, Guard Connor Williams will undergo arthroscopic knee surgery on Tuesday.
Connor Williams will have surgery on his knee Tuesday but the hope is he will be able to return after a few weeks. Xavier Su'a-Filo will likely move into the left guard role, which is how the Cowboys handled Williams' absence last year because of a knee... https://t.co/M55eVtYCIJ
Williams suffered the injury in Sunday's 28-24 loss to the Minnesota Vikings. This is a minor procedure but will keep Williams sidelined for a few weeks. Backup Guard Xavier Su'a-Filo is expected to fill in during his absence, just like he did in 2018 when Williams missed time with a knee issue. More to come.
Report: Cowboys’ WR Amari Cooper Expected to Practice Friday
Per Todd Archer from ESPN, Amari Cooper's MRI didn't reveal any structural damage in his knee and was diagnosed with a bruised knee. Cooper's now expected to practice on Friday as the Dallas Cowboys get ready to play the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday Night Football.
Amari Cooper is expected to practice Friday and play Sunday against Minnesota after an MRI revealed he has a bruised knee, according to a source. Cooper was examined by the team doctors on Thursday and did not practice after being listed as a limited... https://t.co/jNps7m7ThL
This is excellent news for the Dallas Cowboys. Since acquiring Cooper from the Oakland Raiders last year, his presence has made a huge difference. There's been a noticeable difference when Cooper hasn't been in the lineup and they can't replicate his ability on the field in the slightest. He changes everything for Dak Prescott and the passing game.
Cooper's been dealing with minor injuries since training camp and has had to miss time in some games, sitting out nearly all of the loss to the Jets. Getting Cooper back the next week against the Philadelphia Eagles had a huge impact on the outcome of the week seven game. While Michael Gallup's taken a huge step forward in 2019, he hasn't proven to be capable of flying solo as the lead receiver for the Dallas Cowboys.
Against the Minnesota Vikings, the Cowboys offense will need to get off to a hot start and click on all cylinders against the Vikings number four ranked defense.
Dak Prescott and Amari Cooper have had an excellent connection in Cooper's now 17 games with the Dallas Cowboys. He's averaging 5.6 receptions for 83.9 yards and 0.7 touchdowns per game. His per 16 game average would be 89 receptions for 1,342 yards and 11 touchdowns. Those are elite numbers in a really good passing game.
The Minnesota Vikings pass defense is only allowing 225 passing yards per game. Against the likes of Julio Jones, Davante Adams, Darren Waller, Allen Robinson, Alshon Jeffrey, Marvin Jones, and Tyreek Hill the Vikings have allowed 8.42 receptions for 93.85 and seven touchdowns.
Against the Philadelphia Eagles, Detroit Lions, and Kansas City Chiefs in three of the last four weeks the Vikings have allowed 291.3 passing yards per game.
Amari Cooper and the Dallas Cowboys passing game could be in for a field day.
Each week, following Amari Cooper's injury status, is one of the most important reports. Getting good news on Cooper heading into the Cowboys final practice of the week on Friday is big news for the Cowboys in this huge NFC matchup.
Report: Cowboys DT Daniel Ross Arrested in Frisco on Marijuana and Gun Charges
This is definitely not the news the Dallas Cowboys wanted to hear. According to Calvin Watkins of the Dallas Morning News, Cowboys Defensive Tackle Daniel Ross was arrested earlier this morning in Frisco on marijuana and gun charges.
Frisco PD confirms backup DL Daniel Ross was arrested by Frisco Police Department this morning. He was charged with Possession of Marijuana and Unlawful Carrying of a Weapon.
Ross appeared in 13 games in 2018 as a solid depth piece along the defensive front. He totaled 14 tackles, seven quarterback hits, three tackles for loss, one sack, a forced fumble, and a fumble recovery.
This was good enough for the Cowboys to sign Ross to a one-year deal worth 645,000 back in March. Unfortunately, he suffered a shoulder injury in late August that put him on injured reserve, ending his 2019 season.
You can bet some disciplinary action will be taken by the NFL on this matter as well as internally with the organization. Ross is set to be a restricted free agent in 2020.
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