With the NFL trade deadline just one week away, the 5-1 Dallas Cowboys are expected to be buyers as they look for a piece to fortify their team for the stretch run of the season.
However, there are some players who could be on their way out of Dallas. ... especially if two insiders' views of the situation are accurate.
Our own Mike Fisher of CowboysSI.com reports that La'el Collins is as of this week a "backup utility offensive lineman'' in part, Fish says, because the Cowboys want to pull a "Scared Straight'' on Collins following a series of stumbles.
And Fish's 105.3 The Fan colleague Bryan Broaddus echoes that, tweeting,
Just my two cents, but Collins not back in the starting line up is more about the front office and coaches being mad at him than how well (Terence) Steele has played.''
Collins, who still has two years left on his contract, had been sidelined since Week 1 after violating the league's substance abuse policy. In his absence, second-year tackle Terence Steele has filled in and the Cowboys have yet to lose. And at Wednesday's practice inside The Star, Collins worked as a second-string guard and tackle.
It can be argued, therefore, that Collins is in hot water ... and maybe expendable.
And as far as expendability? The same could be said for wide receiver Michael Gallup, who is scheduled to hit free agency this spring. The fourth-year wideout has been replaced in the lineup by Cedrick Wilson, and he's played some of the best football of his career in the past five games.
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