OXNARD, California - The Dallas Cowboys hope to sign Zack Martin to a long-term extension this summer, but they have agreed with their prospective right tackle, La'el Collins, on a two-year extension worth up to $17.4 million, sources told ESPN, confirming multiple reports.
The new deal will keep Collins in Dallas through the end of the 2019 season.
Collins was projected as a first-round pick out of LSU in 2015, but the death of a former girlfriend under mysterious circumstances a few days before the draft caused his stock to drop.
At the time, Collins was scheduled to attend the draft, but he ended up leaving before the event started so that he could speak with police in Louisiana. To put that in perspective, the 20th overall pick from the 2015 NFL Draft ended up signing a four-year deal worth $9.4 million. Now, he's expected to dig in as the club's right tackle this season following the retirement of Doug Free.
The deal aslo includes a $2 million escalator if plays 85 percent of the snaps.
The only question now is how he will fare going forward after moving positions and playing only three games past year due to a torn ligament in his toe.
Not only is he going up against some the NFL's best defensive players, but he'll be doing it while making a position switch. He since has appeared in 15 career games and made 14 starts, including 11 as a rookie.
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