La’el Collins – G/T (Dallas Cowboys)
It’s no secret that one of the Vikings’ top priorities this offseason is to improve their underwhelming offensive line. One way to do that may be to explore the trade market over the next few months.
After beginning his NFL career as a guard, Collins has lined up as the Cowboys’ starting right tackle for the last two seasons. His transition to the outside hasn’t exactly resulted in amazing results.
Last year in Dallas, Collins gave up 47 quarterback pressures in 16 starts at right tackle, which included eight sacks. In 14 starts as the Cowboys’ left guard in 2015 and 2016, he didn’t give up a single sack.
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If Minnesota is interested in trading for Collins, moving him back to guard may be in their best interest. However, the Vikings would also have to consider if the terms of his current contract are worth acquiring too.
Collins has one year left on his current deal and it carries a salary cap hit of $9.9 million. Looking at his production on the outside of the offensive line recently, trading for him is definitely a risky move for Minnesota to think about.
But it’s also a risk that could end up working out for the Vikings if they can figure out how to get Collins back to playing like he did during the early portion of his career.