Dallas Cowboys looking to move on from La’el Collins, Taco Charlton?

LANDOVER, MD - OCTOBER 29: Offensive tackle La'el Collins
LANDOVER, MD - OCTOBER 29: Offensive tackle La'el Collins /

The Dallas Cowboys may not be done making roster moves after the draft. Could they be laying the ground work to move La’el Collins and Taco Charlton?

The Dallas Cowboys made a few moves during and after the draft that have many wondering if they aren’t done manipulating their roster. Two players in particular stand out, right tackle La’el Collins and defensive end Taco Charlton. Could the team start looking for teams to make a trade?

First, let’s start with the low hanging fruit that is Charlton. Ever since he was taken 28th overall in the 2017 draft, he has been under a microscope. While it maybe unfair to him, this is the NFL and it is a what have you done for me lately league.

Unfortunately, Charlton hasn’t been able to make enough of an impact on the field. With career stats of 46 tackles, 4.0 sacks, 8.0 tackles for loss, and 11 quarterback hits through two seasons isn’t good enough for a first round pick. You take those stats coupled with the Cowboys taking two defensive ends in the draft (Joe Jackson and  Jalen Jelks) and what appeared to be him being at odds with the coaching staff last season, Charlton’s time with the team may soon be coming to an end.

Now unlike Charlton, who hasn’t been able to produce on the field, Collins has been a very good player for the Cowboys. The reason that La’el could be on the move is because he’s in a contract year.

The Cowboys would surely love to keep Collins but he is going to command a lot of money once he hits the open market next offseason. The last time Dallas was in this kind of situation it was with Jermey Parnell who left for the Jacksonville Jaguars on a five-year, $32 million dollar deal in 2015. With the Cowboys feeling like they are a Super Bowl contender, look for them to try to get something immediate in return for Collins instead of settling for a compensatory pick in 2021.

Charlton may not get you anything more than a mid-to-late round draft pick at this point. That is unless a team is desperate for a pass rusher at the end of the preseason. But Collins should be able to garner you a starting caliber safety to help solidify the back end of that defense.

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I predict that Joe Jackson will beat out Taco Charlton for his spot on the roster making it easy for the Dallas Cowboys to move on from him. While I believe the Cowboys will like what they see from either Connor Williams or undrafted rookie Mitch Hyatt out of Clemson at right tackle to move on from La’el Collins.