After a stressful few weeks, former LSU offensive tackle La’el Collins has found a place to call home with the Dallas Cowboys. The former Tiger signs a guaranteed three-year 1.7 million dollar deal with the Cowboys after going undrafted due to the murder investigation of his ex-girlfriend; where he was questioned by Louisiana police even though he was not considered a suspect.
On April 24th, a week before the 2015 NFL Draft, Collins ex-girlfriend Brittany Mills, 29, was found shot to death. The victim was rushed to the same hospital where she delivered her baby, whom died a week later after Mills passed away. Collins was issued a paternity test to find out if he was the father of the child, and later found out that he was not.
It’s been an emotional roller-coaster for the offensive tackle, and he’s honestly just happy to be able to play football once again. He stated, “I had the opportunity to choose from 32 teams where I wanted to be, I wanted to be a Dallas Cowboy.”
Collins is expected to make a huge impact for the Cowboys and a nuisance for his opponents. The former LSU Tiger expressed his faith in God, and wanted to thank everybody that stood behind him in these past few weeks of the investigation. He also thanked the Cowboys organization for accepting him into their family.