The Dallas Cowboys locked up another one of their young players to a longterm deal on Tuesday morning, though it wasn’t the player everyone is focused on.
Dallas has reportedly agreed to an extension with offensive lineman La’el Collins, the 26-year-old right tackle from LSU. Collins and the Cowboys have reportedly agreed to a five-year extension.
Collins is the second young player the Cowboys have locked up this preseason. Dallas agreed to a big extension with linebacker Jaylon Smith in late August.
Elliott, of course, remains unsigned. So, too, do Dak Prescott and Amari Cooper.
But don’t worry, Cowboys fans. These other deals in no way hinder Jerry Jones’ ability to sign those three.
“There is ZERO chance the Cowboys would have done a La’el Collins deal (or a Jaylon Smith deal) that would in any way hinder their ability to do an Ezekiel Elliott deal or a Dak Prescott deal,” ESPN NFL insider Dan Graziano reports.
It's worth saying this before anyone starts talking about "pie" again: There is ZERO chance the Cowboys would have done a La'el Collins deal (or a Jaylon Smith deal) that would in any way hinder their ability to do an Ezekiel Elliott deal or a Dak Prescott deal.
— Dan Graziano (@DanGrazianoESPN) September 3, 2019
Elliott has been holding out all preseason. He’s seeking a new contract with two years left on his deal. Elliott wants to become the highest-paid running back in the league.
The Cowboys and Elliott have reportedly made progress lately. Reports from the weekend suggested a deal could be imminent.
It’s now Tuesday of a game week, though, and Elliott remains unsigned. The Cowboys open the regular season on Sunday afternoon against the Giants.
Will Elliott be on the field when that game kicks off? Stay tuned.