Buffalo Bills coach Rex Ryan is in Baton Rouge, La., Monday night having dinner with former LSU offensive tackle La'el Collins, according to several local media reports.
WBRZ-TV in Baton Rouge reported Ryan and Collins were dining at the upscale Ruffino's Italian restaurant. Leaving no stone unturned, the station even reported on the appetizers that were ordered.
The meeting, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, was "unsanctioned," which means Collins' agent wasn't present. Ben Wallace of the Baton Rouge Advocate reported that Collins would meet with the Bills and Miami Dolphins on Monday night and Tuesday morning.
Collins was expected to be a first-round pick in the NFL Draft last week, even going to Chicago for the event. But he was passed over entirely after his name surfaced in a murder investigation. Baton Rouge homicide detectives wanted to talk to Collins about the death of 29-year-old Brittney Mills, who was pregnant at the time of her death April 24. The baby, Breton, was born, but died May 1.
Collins, 21, is rumored to be the father -- although it is unclear if he has taken a paternity test yet.
"La'el Collins met with investigators while accompanied by his attorney," Baton Rogue Police public information officer Don Coppola told Gannett Louisiana. "Collins fully cooperated with investigators and is still not considered a suspect in the homicide of Brittney and Brenton Mills."
Coppola told the newspaper that there is a possibility Collins will be questioned again.
"No one can be ruled out until an arrest has been made," he said.
Collins spoke with investigators for about 90 minutes.
"The investigation is going to continue, and La'el is going to now start making efforts to get his football career back on track," his attorney, Jim Boren, said.
Buffalo Bills General Manager Doug Whaley was asked about Collins after the draft concluded Saturday.
"Right now we haven’t thought about it," Whaley said about the possibility of signing him. "We still want that process to continue out. I know from what I understand he’s got something on Monday so I think we would reserve judgment until we get some more information. It’s too cloudy at this time."
After being passed over in the draft, Collins is free to sign with any team as an undrafted free agent. If he is cleared of any wrongdoing, a long list of teams is expected to be interested in his services.