The NFL trade deadline this year is Tuesday, Nov. 2 at 4:00 P.M. ET on the dot, and at this point in time, the Dallas Cowboys haven’t pulled off any trades. As is the case every season, there are some rumors they’re in the market for a safety or considering parting ways with players in order to bolster some parts of the roster via trade.
For now, your guess is as good as mine but after their Week 7 bye, the Cowboys could be getting some players that were injured back into the lineup and are already excited to welcome back offensive tackle La’el Collins. After serving his five-game suspension, the Cowboys have confirmed that he’s eligible to jump right back into things as early as this Sunday.
After their Week 7 bye, the Cowboys hit the road in Week 8 with a road date against the Minnesota Vikings. For the most part, it’s more than likely going to be the case that Collins resumes his starting duties on the Cowboys’ offensive line but as always, general manager Jerry Jones every season preaches about his team being “open for business” all year long when it comes to pulling off trades.
Dallas Cowboys should not trade offensive tackle La’el Collins
In the grand scheme of things, even though Collins made some dumb decisions that resulted in his suspension earlier this season, he served it and should be good to go from here on out. Even though other teams will more than likely be interested to see what it would take to trade for him due to his skill-set, Jones should stay pat and keep him on the Cowboys.
Collins is under contract until 2025 as to which he’ll be an unrestricted free agent and for what it’s worth, he’s still entering some of the prime years of his young career. In his third season for the Cowboys so far, he’s been a very good starting offensive tackle and when healthy, gets the job done consistently in pass protection and does his part in setting up proper lanes for the ground game.
Football games are won and lost in the trenches as it’s important for the Cowboys to keep their offensive line intact. While there isn’t a need to add more offensive line depth via trade, it’s also imperative they keep the talent they have now to not disrupt anything as the season progresses.
A great offensive line goes a very long way in winning football games as it’s evident on the Cowboys that they do indeed have quality starters and very good depth across the board. Collins hopefully coming back this week will only help the cause as there is still a ton of football left to be played this season.
It makes no sense to trade Collins now thanks to everything he brings to the table. Once we see how he performs during this week’s practice to prepare for the Vikings will determine if he starts but his experience and starting capabilities will be a welcomed sight by the Cowboys. He fills an obviously important positional group and will only continue contributing to a team that is proving to make a serious push in 2021.