It was revealed Tuesday that the Dallas Cowboys would be bringing in a familiar face for a workout, as offensive lineman La'El Collins returned to Big D for a free-agent meeting. Shortly thereafter, numerous reports claimed Collins would be re-signing with the team ahead of the playoffs.
However, Wednesday morning came and passed without an official announcement of the deal, which raised a few eyebrows. It turns out, the two sides may not have agreed on a reunion just yet.
Cowboys News: La'El Collins Signing Hits Potential Snag
Head coach Mike McCarthy confirmed at his media availability on Jan. 3 that the team and Collins are "still working through some things." McCarthy added he may have more to say on Thursday and noted the veteran had a "great workout."
At the very least, this should ease any big fears about a deal falling through. It sounds like Dallas is very interested in adding the vet for the stretch run, but some details just need to be hammered out.
On the other hand, it's a little odd for a fairly uncomplicated late-season signing like this to be drawn out like this.
The hang-up could be tied to Collins possibly weighing his options ahead of the playoffs. He's had a spike in interest among contenders, as the Buffalo Bills also recently hosted him. Perhaps he knows both teams want him and he's trying to extract as much value out of a signing as he can.
Of course, Collins' strong familiarity with the 'Boys could end up being the deciding factor if he's split on who to choose. He'll be in a comfortable environment with a system he has background knowledge of, which could help him contribute right away.
Playing time, money and the potential of winning a ring are surely key factors Collins is weighing. Hopefully he sees the Cowboys as the best option for all three.
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