Rex Makes 1st Contact With Collins

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La’el Collins is beginning to figure out where he would like to get his first taste of the NFL. 

Rex Ryan made sure Buffalo was tops on the menu. 

Ryan flew to New Orleans to meet with the LSU offensive lineman and they reportedly had dinner together Monday night without Collins’ agents. 

The meal makes the Bills the first team to meet with Collins after the draft. 

Collins was questioned by Baton Rouge police Monday morning in connection with the murder of a woman and her unborn child. The 29 year old victim is believed to be Collins’ ex-girlfriend.

Collins is not considered a suspect in the case, but his involvement scared off all 32 NFL teams on draft day. He is regarded as a first round talent, but did not get picked.

Any NFL team can now sign Collins and all 32 are expected to have some level of interest. The Dolphins reportedly also have a meeting arranged. 

If the Bills land him, they would have acquired a first-round talent at their biggest position of need without a first round pick.

Buffalo did sign 14 players on Monday. One was veteran free agent Alex Carrington.

The 2010 Bills 3rd round pick is returning after one season in St. Louis. Carrington played his first four years in the NFL with the Bills.

Though, he hasn’t played much lately–missing eight games in 2014 on the Rams’ inactive list and 13 games in 2013 with an injury.

Carrington will provide defensive line depth for Buffalo and could, once again, be a weapon on special teams. He blocked six kicks in his first stint with the Bills, including four in 2012 alone. That still stands as a team record. 

The other 13 signees are Buffalo’s initial list of undrafted free agents. One, however, would have to be cut if the Bills add Collins. Here is the list announced on Monday:

WR Andre Davis – South Florida
LB Andrew Hudson – Washington
TE Clay Burton – Florida
DT Justin Hamilton – Louisiana-Lafayette
OT Jermaine Barton – Illinois State
DE BJ Larsen – Utah State
OT Tyson Chandler – NC State
DE Cedric Reed – Texas
CB Cam Thomas – Western Kentucky
DE Erik Williams – Bethune Cookman
CB Merrill Noel – Wake Forest
P Spencer Roth – Baylor
LB AJ Tarpley – Stanford
  

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