Former LSU offensive tackle La'el Collins met with Baton Rouge (Louisiana) police Monday as part of the investigation to the murder of Brittany Mills.
Collins, who went undrafted over the weekend, is not a suspect in the case. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that Collins met with Baton Rouge police for a little more than an hour. Mills, who was 29 years old and pregnant at the time of her death, had a previous relationship with Collins. Rapoport reported on Wednesday that test results showed that Collins is not the father of the baby who died in Baton Rouge, per a source informed of the results.
"It went fine; we answered all their questions," Collins' lawyer, Jim Boren, said via The Times-Picayune. "La'el is not going to make any comments. I'm not going to have any comments. The investigation is going to continue. La'el is now going to start making an effort to start getting his football career back on track."
If Collins' name is cleared, he will be able to sign a three-year contract as an undrafted free agent. Rapoport points out that his agents could push for a fully guaranteed contract that will void after three years because of playing time. Like all undrafted players, Collins can potentially renegotiate his deal in two years. (That's a year earlier than drafted players.) Collins is not going to inspire a bidding war because the money allotted to undrafted free agents is very limited. But Collins will essentially be able to choose where to start his NFL career.
At this stage, there is no word on how long the investigation will continue. NFL general managers were first informed about the situation last Tuesday, according to Rapoport. A note distributed to general managers said that Collins had not contacted Mills since September.