Collins came to terms Wednesday on a contract with the Raiders, Todd Archer of ESPN.com reports. After spending the first four years of his career in Dallas, Collins will now reconnect with former Cowboys defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli in Las Vegas. The 24-year-old played a full 16-game slate in 2019 and registered 20 stops and five sacks, despite battling knee and foot injuries. He'll likely claim a starting role along the Raiders' defensive front.
Collins completed the 2019 season with 20 tackles (15 solo) including four sacks and a fumble recovery. A third-round pick in 2016, Collins has provided the Cowboys with a solid worker in the center of the defensive line over his four-year career. He's compiled 84 tackles including 14.5 sacks while only missing three games. Dallas has higher-priority free agents to worry about this offseason and a likely new defensive scheme under Mike McCarthy, so there's no guarantee the Cowboys will be interested in bringing back Collins even if he doesn't receive big offers from other teams looking to bolster their depth in the front seven.
Collins had three solo tackles and a sack during Sunday's loss at New England. Collins brought down Tom Brady on third down during the fourth quarter to force a punt. The 2016 third-round pick has 18 tackles (13 solo) and four sacks in 11 games this season.
Collins posted two tackles (one solo) and a sack in Monday's 37-18 win over the Giants. Collins collected his first sack since Week 4 on Monday, though he's now already matched his 2018 sack total of 3.0. He's gaining a bit of momentum with seven total tackles over the Cowboys' past two games after recording just one tackle per game in Weeks 2 to 6.
Collins has a sack in each of his last two games. Against the Broncos, Collins recorded his second sack of the season, a week after picking up his first QB takedown. Used primarily as a run-stuffer, he doesn't hold much value in IDP formats but nonetheless has enjoyed a good run of things in recent weeks. It's also worth noting that Collins played 73 percent of defensive snaps for Dallas in Week 4, up from 61 percent the week prior.
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