Cowboys Extend RT La’el Collins Through 2024

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Sept. 3, 2019 1:30 PM EDT Update: Per Mike Garafolo, Collins’ deal includes $50 million in new money. First two years are fully guaranteed and Collins gets a total of $35 million in guarantees.

Original story: The Dallas Cowboys and right tackle La’el Collins have agreed to a new five-year contract extension that will keep him with the team for the next six seasons, per Adam Schefter. The deal will make Collins one of the NFL’s five-highest paid right tackles.

Collins, 26, has started all 16 games for the Cowboys over the past two seasons. With him now signed through 2024, Dallas has long-term stability to what is considered one of the best offensive lines in the NFL. Left tackle Tyron Smith and center Travis Frederick are signed through 2023, while guard Zack Martin is signed through 2024.

Collins may have missed out on as much as $20 million on his rookie contract due to baseless speculation before the 2015 NFL Draft that he was involved in a murder. He was not considered a suspect in the crime but went undrafted as a result. Police eventually cleared him of any involvement but the damage to him dropping all the way out of the draft after being a first round prospect was already done.

In 2017, Dallas signed Collins to a two-year, $15.4 million extension. He was set to become a free agent following the 2019 season.