3 Most Likely La'El Collins Free-Agent Destinations Following Release From Cowboys

Devon Platana
The three most likely La'El Collins free-agent destinations following his release from the Dallas Cowboys.
The three most likely La'El Collins free-agent destinations following his release from the Dallas Cowboys. / Matt Blewett-USA TODAY Sports

The NFL's free agency period officially began on Wednesday and you can now add another player to the mix. ESPN's Todd Archer reported Thursday that the Dallas Cowboys are expected to release offensive tackle La'El Collins.

Collins played 12 games in 2021 due to a five-game suspension for violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy. Still, he made the most of his playing time, allowing just two sacks on 671 offensive snaps, earning him an 82.0 overall ProFootballFocus grade.

Despite his past issues, Collins will be in demand for teams looking to improve their offensive line. Having said that, here's a look at the three most likely free-agent destinations following his release from the Cowboys.

La'El Collins Free Agency

1. Cincinnati Bengals

It's probably been mentioned a million times by every expert, but the Cincinnati Bengals desperately need to improve their offensive line. Star quarterback Joe Burrow has been sacked 83 times since 2020, which is the most in the NFL over that span. It's even more alarming considering how he's missed seven games since his rookie debut. Adding Collins to the mix ensures that Burrow will be protected if the Bengals hope to go on another deep playoff run. The 28-year-old offensive tackle has given up just four sacks in his last 27 regular-season games, making him the perfect player to help Cincinnati avoid an Andrew Luck-type situation down the road with Burrow.

2. Miami Dolphins

Even though Collins has been a solid pass-blocker, run-blocking is something he truly excels at. It also happens to be a skill that the Miami Dolphins could use. The Dolphins averaged just 92.2 rushing yards per game in 2021 — fourth worst in the NFL. If the organization hopes to succeed with Tua Tagovailoa under center, it'd be wise to bring in Collins to help with the run game. Miami has shown interest in the veteran OT before, having tried to recruit him during his draft year. Things didn't work out back then, but now they have the chance to bring him in to make a run for a playoff spot. If he can keep his off-field issues at bay, the Dolphins could enjoy a bounce-back campaign in 2022.

3. New Orleans Saints

Terron Armstead is the most sought-after offensive tackle left in free agency. Although the New Orleans Saints could still bring him back, the latest rumors suggest that he's waiting to see if the organization can make a trade for Houston Texans QB Deshaun Watson. Assuming the Saints can't pull the deal off and Armstead walks, they're going to need a suitable replacement. Collins — a Louisiana native and LSU Tiger — could fill that voided. Granted, he isn't as decorated as Armstead, but he's someone who would benefit from being in New Orleans' structured organization. Besides, playing for his home-state team could go a long way in helping put his personal issues behind him.

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