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This one has made sense for a long time. Dallas Cowboys DT Maliek Collins has signed with the Raiders.

Colins played for new Las Vegas defensive line coach Rod Marinelli in Dallas for his entire four-season career with the Cowboys so it has long been speculated that the Raiders would make a run at Collins.

He is a defensive tackle who clearly fits the system. He is a solid rotational player, who fits in with Johnathan Hankins and Maurice Hurst. Defensive tackle could still be an early draft target by the Raiders, but the Collins’ signing lessens the need.

The 2016 third-round pick from Nebraska turns just 25 next month. He wasn’t a stats monster in Dallas, but Collins should tighten the line. It’s another solid defensive add for the Raiders in a wild early free-agent frenzy.