The Patriots are interested in La'el Collins. (Tony Raoux/AP)
After going undrafted, and thus becoming an undrafted free agent, La'el Collins has become the most sought after player in the NFL. Last night, Collins had an unsanctioned (meaning his agent wasn't present) dinner with both Rex Ryan and Rob Ryan. Today, several Dolphins players went out to talk to Collins and try to bring him on board. It has also been reported that new Bucs QB Jameis Winston has been texting and calling Collins trying to convince him to join Tampa Bay.

While some teams have been quiet about any possible interest in Collins, it has been confirmed today by Nick Underhill of The New Orleans Advocate that the Patriots have both reached out to him and expressed interest in signing him.

Despite the Patriots drafting both Tre' Jackson and Shaq Mason, Collins could become an instant starter at left guard for the Patriots and solidify their line for years to come. Collins was originally pegged as a first round draft pick before his former girlfriend was murdered and police asked him to answer a few questions and take a paternity test to see if he was the father for the woman's now deceased child. Collins was never a suspect, and after answering questions yesterday, appears to remain not a suspect.

Now the Patriots will need to convince Collins to join them over the other 32 teams, who will each be able to offer similar money, but unique situations. State taxes, playing time, position, and team success are all potential factors in his decision.

Though the Patriots seem to be content with their current line, Collins is too interesting a prospect to not throw their name into the hat for him. He will have to decide where he wants to play. Even if he signs elsewhere, as Nick Underhill points out, this could be, at the very least, another one of Belichick's imfamous information gathering missions.

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Adam Bogdan 5/05/2015 04:12:00 PM Edit

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