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Dallas Cowboys sign La'el Collins to three-year deal

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Rex Ryan got to La'el Collins early in the post-draft process on Monday evening, but rather than signing with the line-needy Bills, Collins has opted to join the Dallas Cowboys.

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Dinner with Rex Ryan did not ultimately mean that undrafted free agent offensive tackle La'el Collins of LSU would land with the Buffalo Bills, after all. Per multiple reports, Collins has signed a three-year, fully-guaranteed deal with the Dallas Cowboys.

Collins, who was considered a first-round talent in the 2015 NFL Draft, went undrafted after he found himself in the middle of a double murder investigation. After speaking with Louisiana police on Monday, Collins had dinner with Ryan on Monday evening, then was courted by several other teams over the past few days, most notably the Miami Dolphins.

Rather than joining a line-needy team, however, Collins opted to sign with Dallas, who already field what is widely considered to be the best offensive line in pro football. Pending the results of his legal situation, and what happens in front of him on the depth chart this summer, Collins is talented enough to better that line somewhere.

Meanwhile, the Bills will continue into training camp with five offensive tackles - two of them undrafted rookies, and two more of them second-year players - under contract.