Cowboys sign La'El Collins to fully guaranteed rookie deal

Former LSU All-American offensive tackle La'el Collins has signed a three-year, fully guaranteed rookie contract with the Dallas Cowboys, according to sources. Collins met with Buffalo Bills coach Rex Ryan and players for the Miami Dolphins who played at LSU, the undrafted rookie free agent is narrowing down his list of potential NFL employers. Collins went undrafted after being embroiled in a legal situation where police wanted to question him in a murder investigation involving a former girlfriend, who was shot to death before the draft. Collins was questioned by Baton Rouge homicide detectives earlier Monday. Baton Rouge police reiterated that Collins is not a suspect. Collins was a projected first-round draft pick before the legal situation arose. Collins' agent requested Thursday that the NFL withdraw Collins from the draft and allow him to be placed in a supplemental draft instead. However, the league rejected the request under collective bargaining agreement language stating that the regular draft can't be avoided by a draft-eligible player to enter the supplemental draft. Collins has communicated through his lawyer that he's not the father of the child. Collins was a second-team Associated Press All-American. The 6-foot-5, 308-pound Collins ran the 40-yard dash in 5.12 seconds at the combine and bench pressed 225 pounds 21 times. He had a 27-inch vertical leap and a 9-foot broad jump. Collins started 38 career games and was an All-Southeastern Conference selection. He won the Jacobs Blocking Trophy as the top offensive lineman in the SEC last year, an award voted on by the league's coaches. Collins played 2,533 career offensive snaps with 222 knockdowns. Former LSU running back Terrence Magee said he has texted with Collins.   Follow me on Twitter: @RavensInsider Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun
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Aaron Wilson covers the NFL for National Football Post, his second stint at the Post. He has previously written for Pro Football Talk and FOX Sports-Scout. Entering his 13th year covering the Baltimore Ravens, he's a beat writer for The Baltimore Sun. Wilson has also covered the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans.

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