The chase for undrafted free agent offensive lineman La'el Collins was a short one as the LSU prospect signed with the Dallas Cowboys today after a visit with the team last night.
Cowboys have signed La'el Collins, according to a source.— Charean Williams (@NFLCharean) May 7, 2015
Here's the deal on La'el Collins deal with Dallas: Cowboys fully guaranteed the 3-year, $1.65 million deal, per source. Fully guaranteed.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) May 7, 2015
Collins had been preparing to fly to South Florida tomorrow to visit with the Miami Dolphins, but will obviously not be making that trip now.
Collins was expected to be a first-round selection in this month's NFL Draft, but dropped off draft boards after news broke that he was wanted for questioning by Baton Rouge, Louisiana police in connection with a murder investigation. The victim, Brittney Mills, was an ex-girlfriend of Collins, and, despite repeated statements from police that Collins was not a suspect and was just wanted for background questioning, he fell completely out of the draft. Mills was pregnant when she was shot after answering the door at her home, with the baby boy being successfully delivered, though he died a few days later. Collins took a paternity test to see if he was the child's father, but it came back negative.