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Cowboys sign DT Maliek Collins to complete draft class

Dallas Cowboys rookie Maliek Collins (96) was the team’s last draft choice to sign a contract.
Dallas Cowboys rookie Maliek Collins (96) was the team’s last draft choice to sign a contract. Star-Telegram

The Cowboys signed third-round draft choice Maliek Collins, completing their draft class. The defensive tackle received an $881,152 signing bonus in the four-year deal.

Collins broke his right foot during the Cowboys’ organized team activities in late May. He underwent surgery and was expected to rehab for 10-12 weeks.

The Cowboys expect his return “around the start of training camp,” coach Jason Garrett said at the time of Collins’ injury.

Collins made eight sacks and 23 tackles for loss in three seasons at Nebraska. He is expected to compete for playing time behind veteran starters Tyrone Crawford and Cedric Thornton. Veteran backup Terrell McClain returns from a toe injury that limited him to two games last season.

The Cowboys will enter the season without defensive ends DeMarcus Lawrence and Randy Gregory, both of whom will serve four-game suspensions. That means versatile defensive linemen Jack Crawford and David Irving likely spend more time at end than tackle to start the year.

The Cowboys leave for training camp in Oxnard, Calif., on July 28. Their first practice is scheduled for July 30.

The Cowboys’ other eight draft choices signed earlier in the off-season.

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