La’el Collins trade buzz, updates on free agent Ryan Jensen
Based on the current buzz ahead of the start of free agency, it’s sure to connect the Cincinnati Bengals to free agent Ryan Jensen, as well as a possible trade for Dallas Cowboys offensive tackle La’el Collins. .
Jensen has been a hot topic for the Bengals, though the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ desire to get him back may cost the team too much. But to say there was a ton of smoke around the possible fire would be an understatement.
ESPN’s Dan Graziano and Jeremy Fowler recently updated this situation:
“Tampa Bay Buccaneers center Ryan Jensen still looks like a free agent who will do just fine, with several teams including the Jets, Bengals and Ravens potentially interested. Tampa Bay has been working to try to get Jensen to a deal before he hits the market this week, but it’s unclear if they can do it in time.
If the Buccaneers can’t do something before the market opens, the Bengals could very well be in the Jensen draft, provided they’re willing to hit a Joe Thuney-level contract figure.
As for Collins, we’ve argued before that the Bengals should be all over the place in a trade with the Cowboys.
Graziano and Fowler also updated this thread:
“With Cooper’s $20 million salary now off Dallas’ books, the Cowboys will get to work on Collins’ trade market. The Cowboys and Collins camp met midweek and decided he would likely be released if they couldn’t find a business partner. The Cincinnati Bengals are one to watch here. They know they need to address multiple elements along the offensive line, but don’t want to spend too much on just one player. The good news for them is that Collins comes with a reasonable salary of $10 million and a cap of $15.25 million. Terence Steele would slip into the starting right tackle for Dallas. -Fowler”
Given the how and why of cap relief when it comes to cutting and/or trading Collins, there’s no guarantee the Cowboys will do anything anytime soon. The Bengals may have to pay more via trade now than later for that to happen – but it might be worth knowing that Collins’ hat-trick will be on the books and, more importantly, they won’t. don’t have to worry about the right tackle in free agency or the draft.
With these two elements, a lot still depends on the other teams. But if nothing else, we can still discern that the team would really like to improve in the middle and in the tackle, and quickly.