The Miami Dolphins are set to meet with La'El Collins on Tuesday in an effort to convince him to sign with the team as an undrafted free agent. 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.
On Monday night, the Buffalo Bills and Rex Ryan took Collins out to dinner in an effort to bring him up to the frigid temperatures they experience throughout the majority of the year. It will now be Mike Tannenbaum, Dennis Hickey and Joe Philbin's job to bring Collins to the warm and sunny weather that Miami experiences throughout the entire year.
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 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 or right tackle. If he were to play right tackle, Ja'Wuan James would move inside and play one of the guard positions. However, that would be temporary as Collins would be seen as the eventual successor to Branden Albert and perhaps, even a bridge this season if Albert doesn't come back healthy enough for the start of the 2015 season.
From everything that I've been told, the Dolphins are in the driver's seat. They were one of the teams considering spending a day three pick on him but changed their mind before the draft began on Saturday. The Dolphins have several LSU players on the team who played with him - Jarvis Landry, Anthony Johnson and Kelvin Sheppard. Johnson and Sheppard have been actively recruiting him on Twitter and you can bet that Landry has told him plenty of good things about the Dolphins and the city. In addition to all that, Collins is represented by Priority Sports - the same firm that Tannnenbaum worked for before coming to the Dolphins on a full-time basis.
We'll see if the Dolphins can close the deal today or if they let him walk and talk with other teams. Stay tuned to PhinManiacs.com for all the latest updates throughout the day and be sure to follow us on Twitter.
This story was written by Matthew Cannata. Follow him on Twitter: @PhinManiacs
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