The Dallas Cowboys could ruin the Buffalo Bills playoff hopes in May
Cowboys fans remember it. Bills fans do not want to remember it, but they do. Super Bowls XXVII and XXVIII where the Cowboys put the coffin in the Bills four-straight Super Bowl runs and Buffalo, along with their community have never been able to rebound.
The Cowboys travel to Buffalo December 27th, to battle the Bills in a matchup that could have playoff implications for both sides. The battle both teams are making this month could help decide that battle in December.
The prize: La’el Collins.
Collins is the OT from LSU who went undrafted a week ago amid a murder investigation which he has since been cleared of any wrongdoing (he was never a suspect throughout the process, but NFL teams rightfully shied away). He would have been a first round draft pick, and is arguably the most talented offensive tackle in the draft.
The Bills were the first team to contact Collins after the draft and head coach Rex Ryan had dinner with the sudden prized free agent. Collins chose not to sign and left without a deal, opening up the recruit-fest from multiple NFL teams. Ryan has not disclosed what was said during the meeting.
The Dallas Cowboys have recently jumped head-first into the mix, sending a group including Tony Romo and all of the Cowboys offensive lineman to meet with Collins and pitch him on forming the “Greatest offensive line of all-time”. The Boys’ may not be wrong, as they boasted four pro-bowlers and paved large highways for Demarco Murray to run through all season long. Let’s not forget, they are all young and not-yet entering their primes. They will be good for a long time to come.
For the Bills, Collins would be a huge acquisition, who have a great defense and a lot of skill position players on offense, but are lacking a solid offensive line and quarterback. Collins would immediately upgrade the Bills line and would improve a running game that has a nice-duo of Lesean McCoy and Freddy Jackson. Quarterback remains the question mark for Buffalo, and could be a deciding factor for a guy like Collins.
If you were Collins, who would you choose? Collins hails from Louisiana and stayed close to home to play collegiately at LSU. Dallas is a lot closer geographically and let’s not begin to discuss the weather. Even team-fit sides with the Cowboys, who boast an overall better roster that includes an experienced reliable quarterback, especially when compared to Matt Cassel and EJ Manuel. The Bills are entering their 16th season without a playoff berth, while the Cowboys are reigning NFC East champs.
I expect the Cowboys to sign Collins and run like crazy in 2015, including during a cold-weather December game in Buffalo.
Who will La’el Collins sign with? Let me know in the comments below..
Dan Schalk covers the NFL for MFST, you can follow him on Twitter @ffsportstalk