IRVING, Texas - The Dallas Cowboys have signed former LSU offensive tackle La'el Collins, who had been a projected first-round pick in last week's NFL draft until his name came up in a police investigation.

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Collins, a 2014 All-Southeastern Conference lineman, has never been named a suspect or person of interest in the shooting death of 29-year-old Brittney Mills. Police acknowledged days before the draft that they wanted to talk to Collins because he knew Mills.

After he went undrafted, Collins met with police, who say he has answered all of their questions. Collins also submitted to a paternity test that proved he's not the father of Mills' infant son, who was born alive after the shooting but died days later.