Now that it looks like undrafted free agent LSU offensive lineman La’el Collins will be fully cleared in the near future of having any involvement in the recent murder of his ex-girlfriend, he’ll likely be signing with a team very soon. Ahead of that happening, Ben Wallace of The Advocate reported Monday evening that Collins has received interest from “almost every” NFL team since the 2015 NFL Draft ended and the lineman will likely meet with several over them over the course of the next few days.
According to NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport, the Buffalo Bills, Dallas Cowboys and Miami Dolphins are three of the teams that are very interested in signing Collins. Additionally, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that Bills head coach Rex Ryan has already had an “unsanctioned meeting” with Collins.
Bills HC Rex Ryan passed through Baton Rouge, La., tonight and had an unsanctioned meeting with LSU OL La'el Collins, per @mikerodak and me.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) May 5, 2015
It will be interesting to see if the league takes any kind of action against Ryan if indeed that meeting was unsanctioned and against CBA or league rules.
As previously reported, teams won’t be able to throw a ton of signing bonus money at Collins due to CBA rules that pertain undrafted free agents. Teams can, however, fully guarantee the three-year contract that Collins will likely ultimately sign to entice him.
Collins, who was expected to be drafted in the first-round this past weekend after a stellar career at LSU, will undoubtedly be wooed by several more teams over the coming days. It is currently unknown if the Steelers have any interest in signing him.
Being as they decided against drafting an offensive lineman over the course of the weekend, the Steelers signed four of them Saturday evening that went undrafted.