La'El Collins could sit out 2015 season

La'El Collins did not get selected in the first three rounds of the NFL Draft, and according to reports citing his agent, he's prepared to sit out the 2015 season as a result.

The agent of former LSU lineman La'el Collins reportedly told NFL teams his client will not sign a contract unless he's drafted in the second or third round Friday.

That didn't happen as three rounds are now in the books, and Collins has still not been taken.

Collins, a projected first-round draft pick throughout the pre-draft process, is still dealing with the fallout concerning his involvement in a murder investigation. News broke earlier this week that the Baton Rouge Police Department wished to speak with Collins about the murder of a 29-year-old pregnant woman believed to be a former girlfriend of Collins.

Though the BRPD has not officially named Collins a suspect or even a person of interest, NFL teams are too hesitant to invest millions in a person with potential legal issues.

NFL teams have reportedly said they won't place Collins back on their draft boards until he's officially cleared of any involvement in the murder. Collins is not scheduled to meet with investigators until early next week.

Now it appears Collins' agent tried to force the hands of NFL executives. Reports indicated Friday that Collins had tried pleading his case to NFL teams throughout the last 24 hours, providing his side of the story. But that apparently won't be enough until the BRPD makes an official ruling.

Because he was not selected Friday, it appears he's willing to forego an entire season of football and reenter the NFL draft next season. His agent has said Collins will not sign a contract with a team that drafts him in the fourth-seventh rounds.

Collins tried and failed to have his name removed from this year's draft altogether, attempting to enter the supplemental draft later this summer. That would provide enough time for his name to be cleared, but the NFL denied his request.

Collins stands to lose millions based on this controversy. Widely considered one of the top offensive tackles in the draft, Collins future is very much in doubt as this investigation lingers while NFL teams refuse to draft him.


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