(NEW ORLEANS) -- LSU offensive lineman La'el Collins went undrafted this year thanks to personal drama -- his pregnant ex-girlfriend was found murdered. But now that he has finished speaking with Baton Rouge Police officials, he is one of the hottest free agents on the market.
Collins, who was considered a consensus first-round pick, was not considered a suspect, but teams were wary of selecting him until he spoke with the police Monday.
All 32 teams reportedly have expressed interest in signing Collins, but Buffalo Bills head coach Rex Ryan met with Collins for dinner Monday, according to ESPN.
The Bills did not have a first round selection in the draft after trading it to the Browns last season to move up and select wide receiver Sammy Watkins.
Collins is also scheduled to meet with the Miami Dolphins later this week.
Houston Texans/NFL(HOUSTON) -- The Houston Texans have signed edge rusher Whitney Mercilus Monday to a four-year extension worth $26 million.
The Texans declined Mercilus' fifth-year option, instead opting to keep him around for another four seasons. Had the team picked up his option, he would have been scheduled to earn $7.751 million in 2016.
Last season, Mercilus was expected to take on a reduced role after the team selected Jadeveon Clowney first overall. He started 15 games and recorded five sacks after Clowney's rookie season was plagued with injuries. Mercilus has 18 career sacks and four forced fumbles. He was the 26th overall selection for the Texans in 2012 out of Illinois.
(ALBUQUERQUE) -- While former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones' freedom remains in doubt, his fighting career is equally as cloudy.
Jones turned himself into New Mexico police after slamming into a woman’s car and fleeing the scene. Jones was charged with felony hit-and-run after the woman was found to have suffered a broken arm.
And now Jones' agentMalki Kawa revealed that one of the best fighters in mixed martial arts may never compete again.
"It could very well be the last time we've seen Jon Jones in the Octagon," Kawa said on Ariel Helwani's The MMA Hour. "I think Jon Jones is gonna focus on Jon Jones. I think he's gonna take the time to do whatever he's gotta do. And if it's the last time we've seen him fight, it's the last time we've seen him fight. And I'm OK with that."
"If he...doesn't come back to the sport, it's because he doesn't want to come back to the sport. If it was because of too much pressure? Could be. If it's because of the belt? Could be. If it's because the competition is too much, it could be," he continued. "...Everything that's Jon Jones' is Jon Jones'. The good, the bad and the ugly."
Jones was suspended indefinitely last week by UFC president Dana White and was stripped of his title.
Brian D. Kersey/Getty Images(MILWAUKEE) -- The Milwaukee Brewers named Craig Counsell their new manager on Monday, giving him a three-year contract through the 2017 season.
The 44-year-old Counsell previously served as a special assistant to Brewers general manager Doug Melvin. Before that, he played 16 seasons in the majors for the Brewers, Rockies, Marlins, Dodgers and Diamondbacks.
This will be Counsell’s first managerial job in organized baseball.
“I don’t believe in a style of managing,” Counsell said at a news conference. “We take rosters and we try to get the best out of our players.”
Counsell takes over for Roenicke, who was fired Sunday night after a dismal 7-18 start to the season. He compiled a record of 342-331 during his tenure with Milwaukee, including a postseason appearance in 2011.
iStockPhoto/Thinkstock(NEWARK, N.J.) -- Lou Lamoriello is stepping down as general manager of the New Jersey Devils, but will remain with the club as president of hockey operations.
The Devils are turning to Ray Shero to take over as GM. The 52-year-old Shero previously served in the same capacity with the Pittsburgh Penguins from 2006-14, winning a Stanley Cup title in 2009.
“Ray is well respected throughout the hockey industry and knows what it takes to win,” Lamoriello said via the New Jersey Devils Twitter feed. “His 22 seasons of #NHL front-office experience will be beneficial to the #NJ Devils organization. I look forward to working alongside Ray.”
Lamoriello has been with the Devils since 1987, capturing three Stanley Cup titles during his tenure.
Jim Rogash/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Even though he was drafted by the New England Patriots over the weekend, former Navy long snapper Joe Cardona is unsure if he will be able to join the team and pursue a career in the NFL.
Because of the service commitment that comes with his degree, Cardona may have to put his NFL dreams on hold.
He was drafted by the Patriots in the fifth round.
"The decision is out of my hands," Cardona told Adam Kurkjian of the Boston Herald. “Right now I’m prepared to be the best football player I can be for the New England Patriots and the best naval officer I can be. Whatever duty I’m doing at the time, I’m doing it. I’m just prepared to do my best.”
Cardona is the first Navy graduate to be drafted since the Green Bay Packers selected defensive tackle Bob Kuberski in the seventh round of the 1993 draft.
Scott Boehm/Getty Images(FLORHAM PARK, N.J.) -- Zac Stacy got his wish. Just days after requesting a trade, the St. Louis Rams traded the running back to the New York Jets for a seventh-round draft pick.
"We thought the idea of bringing Zac in for that kind of investment would be very beneficial and increase the competition at that position," Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan said. "He's had success in the league. Two years ago, he was close to a 1,000-yard back. This past season, his production wasn't quite as high, but we do think he's a good-caliber running back."
The Rams selected running back Todd Gurley tenth overall in the draft this past Thursday, prompting Stacy to simply tweet "Yikes." Less than 24 hours after, the tweet had been deleted, but reports had surfaced that Stacy requested a trade.
Stacy now goes from one crowded backfield to another. Stacy will join running backs Stevan Ridley, Chris Ivory, Bilal Powell, and Daryl Richardson in New York.
Brian D. Kersey/Getty Images(ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.) -- Desmond Jennings' disappointing season has hit another snag as the Tampa Bay Rays placed the outfielder on the disabled list with left knee soreness.
Jennings hasn't played since April 25, and while he was hoping to avoid the disabled list, he is still experiencing knee pain.
"[I'm] definitely not getting better fast," Jennings said. "Treat it until it gets better."
"It's just frustrating," he added.
To make matters worse, the team isn't sure just when Jennings will be able to be healthy enough to suit up again. Manager Kevin Cash didn't rule out the he could come off the disabled list on May 11.
Now in his fourth season as a full-time starter, Jennings was off to a rough start in 2015. In 18 games, the 28-year-old Jennings is hitting .222 with no home runs, five stolen bases and two RBIs.