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La'el Collins drawing interest from Eagles, per report

Will the Birds sign him?

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According to a report from NFL insider Jason Cole, the Philadelphia Eagles are one of seven teams showing interest in undrafted free agent offensive lineman La'el Collins. Via Bleacher Report (bold emphasis is mine):

"According to multiple NFL sources, LSU offensive lineman La’el Collins will receive interest from seven teams.

He has already received interest from two initially, starting with Buffalo and the Miami Dolphins. However, those teams are going to wait until the investigation by Baton Rogue police is completed and to see if Collins is completely cleared in the murder of a former acquaintance and that acquaintance's baby girl.

Now, those seven teams that have expressed interest, aside from Buffalo and Miami … you have Detroit, St. Louis, Baltimore, Philadelphia, New Orleans. Those five in addition to the initial two, again, Miami and Buffalo.

Another eight teams are expected to express interest in Collins along the way, who is an undrafted free agent. While there are limitations on what NFL teams can do in terms of signing him, and he’s not going to expect more than a 5,000-10,000 signing bonus, there are some other things such as guaranteeing his three-year salary that NFL teams could do.

And so that he reaches a restricted free agency after three years and perhaps unrestricted free agency after four years. Again, all of this is dependent on how the investigation in Baton Rogue concludes."

This doesn't come as a total surprise. Chip Kelly said Collins wasn't on Philadelphia's draft board, but the team did show some interest in him leading up to the draft. Not only did they have him in for a pre-draft visit but they also worked him out privately. Kelly personally attended LSU's pro day as well.

Collins is free to sign with any team he choose. He won't be motivated by money due his undrafted free agent status; his potential rookie contract is capped. It could help the Eagles that former LSU player Bennie Logan is seemingly trying to recruit him.  It could also help that Collins once said Eagles left tackle Jason Peters is a player who he patterns his game after.

Collins played left tackle at LSU but the Eagles could look to slot him inside as a guard in the NFL. Collins was expected to be a first round pick before this criminal investigation emerged last week. Collins isn't considered to be a suspect.

Time will tell where Collins lands.

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