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REPORT: Free Agent DT Maliek Collins Signing w/ Las Vegas Raiders

The Dallas Cowboys are currently losing more players than they’re keeping in 2020 free agency. You can now add starting Defensive Tackle Maliek Collins to the list of players exiting Dallas, as Collins is reportedly signing with the Las Vegas Raiders.

Collins has been with the Cowboys since his rookie season in 2016. He played out that contract and it did not appear Dallas was looking to re-sign him.

Jori Epstein on Twitter

DT Maliek Collins has agreed to terms with Raiders, source confirms to @usatodaysports. Cowboys’ 2016 draft pick will keep working with his old DC Rod Marinelli, who’s now Vegas’ DL coach.

Michael Gehlken on Twitter

Cowboys DT Maliek Collins says in text message he has agreed to terms with the Raiders. So, Collins and TE Jason Witten both headed from Dallas to Las Vegas.

Maliek’s days in Dallas seemed numbered when the team spent a 2nd-round pick last year on DT Trysten Hill, who is built to play the same role on the defensive line as Collins. The Cowboys have also retained starter Antwaun Woods and appear to be working on a reduced salary to keep Tyrone Crawford.

Collins has provided a solid return for the 3rd-round pick that Dallas spent on him four years ago. He’s been a starter for almost his entire Cowboys career and routinely been among the leaders in defensive snaps played.

Along with Jason Witten who’s also heading to Vegas, Collins is among key players from 2019 who have signed elsewhere such as CB Byron Jones (Dolphins), WR Randall Cobb (Texans), and Robert Quinn (Bears).

Dallas has managed to retain QB Dak Prescott with the franchise tag and WR Amari Cooper with a new deal. But so far, the departures are outweighing the keepers.

Hopefully the Cowboys will be on the receiving end of some more talent in the coming days.

What do you think?

Jess Haynie

Written by 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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  1. the Cowboys will be a far worse team next year because Cooper and Prescott cost almost $45 million compared to $16 million last year. The team needs to trim $30 million in salary from a 8-8 team

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