Rex Ryan was the first NFL coach the LSU standout spoke to after going underrated this past weekend, and he also has a meeting with the Miami Dolphins before possibly talking with other teams.
Collins did not get selected due to the looming specter of a murder investigation involving the death of an acquaintance reported to be his ex-girlfriend. He met with investigators on Monday; those investigators have continuously said he is not a suspect in the death of the woman and her one-week old child, but more interviews may be scheduled.
The situation is unprecedented, and the league's Collective Bargaining Agreement has limited options for Collins, who can't enter the 2016 NFL Draft or this year's supplemental draft. Undrafted free agent contracts are only allowed to be worth a certain amount, so Collins will be looking for his best professional opportunity, rather than a big deal. In a few years, if he has proved his effectiveness at the NFL level, he will be in line for a hefty extension. With a fully guaranteed UDFA contract, he'll receive the same financial guarantees as a mid-round pick.
Rex Ryan was in the Baton Rouge area, called and asked if he could meet La'el Collins. Did not clear it through his agents.— Mike Rodak (@mikerodak) May 5, 2015