According to Michael Cauble, Sports Director for WBRZ in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, La'El Collins has narrowed his list of teams to play for to five and the Miami Dolphins are in his top three. The other teams on his list, in no particular order, are the Buffalo Bills, Dallas Cowboys, Indianapolis Colts and Atlanta Falcons. Collins and his agent will formally meet with the Dolphins within the next 24 hours, according to Cauble. This was all revealed on Twitter on Thursday afternoon.
Earlier this week, Jarvis Landry, Anthony Johnson, Kelvin Sheppaerd and Mike Pouncey flew to Louisiana to meet with Collins and to offer him support. It is also widely assumed that they made their best pitch to him to join the Dolphins. Collins, who many considered to be a top 15 pick, perhaps even a top 10 pick, wasn't drafted due to some legal issues that arose when his ex-girlfriend and unborn baby were murdered in the days before the draft. Although Collins was never considered a suspect, at least from what the police department said, there was enough skepticism from teams to not take a chance on him.
Collins has since passed a lie detector test and a paternity test revealed that he is not the father of the infant who passed away after being delivered once the mother was pronounced dead. According to the Advocate, based in Louisiana, Collins has heard from almost every team about their desire to sign him. It is true that Collins may be the most sought after undrafted free agent in NFL betting history. With that said, all teams are on an even playing field because the collective bargaining agreement limits what teams can pay their undrafted free agents.
Now, it will be up to teams to convince Collins that their situation is the right one for him. Collins has said he wants to play left tackle but in Miami, he would likely play guard for several years before moving to left tackle. It is expected that he will make his decision over the weekend.
This story was written by Matthew Cannata. Follow him on Twitter: @PhinManiacs