NFL news: Bengals sign OT La’el Collins to intricate 3-year deal

La'el Collins Bengals
La’el Collins
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The Cincinnati Bengals signed former Dallas Cowboys offensive tackle La’el Collins to a three-year deal worth $30 million on Sunday, but more parameters about his deal have been divulged on Monday morning.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that Collins’ deal is really more of a two-year deal that is worth $20 million with an opportunity to earn $22 million. The third year of the contract was added to prorate and spread out the Bengals cap charge.

The 28-year-old was released by the Cowboys after six seasons on Thursday — designating the decision as a post-June 1 cut which allowed the team to save $10 million in cap space. He had two years remaining on a five-year, $50 million pact with the NFC East side.

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He started 71 of 74 games in Dallas as a protective mainstay of a Cowboys offense that was one of the very best in the NFL last season.

Cincinnati’s decision to bring him on sends. a clear and early message that their top priority this offseason is to improve an offensive line that has long been deemed as an Achilles heel for a franchise that remarkably made its first Super Bowl appearance in 33 years last month. The offensive line’s inability to protect franchise quarterback Joe Burrow against the Los Angeles Rams ultimately led to their demise in Super Bowl LVI.