VALLEY RANCH- It’s not the deal La’el Collins was looking for when he went into the NFL Draft. The former LSU football star went home sans contract with any NFL team. Not because he lacked talent. In fact, he has boat loads of talent.
Instead, it was his connection to a murder investigation in Louisiana. Last month, Collins’ pregnant ex-girlfriend was found murdered.
Collins left the draft in Chicago and met with cops in Baton Rouge to help clear his name and determine he was not the father.
The draft came and went and the projected first round draft pick went undrafted.
This made Collins a rookie free agent with few options and the Cowboys came ready to make a play, signing him on Thursday.
“I’m not gonna get in his way and nobody better get in his way, either,” Jerry Jones said. “He his driven to success. He’s gonna show ’em.”
The Cowboys are getting the most out of this deal, getting first round talent without the risk of having Collins not sign his contract, sit out a year, and re-enter the draft next year.
It also saves the Cowboys a few bucks.
As a non-drafted agent, Collins is set to make roughly $1.5 million in three years, near the league minimum, rather than the projected $20 million first rounders can expect.
“I mean, just to be here, I’m still getting paid and at the end of the day, it was way more than what I was getting in college,” Collins said.
Hey, who’s ready for the ‘Boys to make headlines because of their on-field plays rather than the ones they make off it?