(IRVING, Texas) -- The Dallas Cowboys signed undrafted offensive lineman La'el Collins on Thursday.
According to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter, the deal is fully guaranteed and is for three-years, $1.65 million.
It was thought by many pundits that Collins would be selected in the first round of last weeks draft, but team's stayed away when Collins was linked to an investigation into the murder of his pregnant former girlfriend, Brittney Mills.
Investigators questioned Collins on the murder and determined he is not a suspect -- although he hasn't been fully cleared.
Collins joins a Cowboys' offensive line that features All-Pro left tackle Tyron Smith, Pro Bowl center Travis Frederick, and All-Pro guard Zach Martin.
"I got a call from Mr. Jones a couple nights ago, late around 11 o'clock," Collins said of owner Jerry Jones during the player's introductory press conference Thursday. "We had a long conversation, man and that was the first time I really felt like somebody seeing me for who I am. Somebody understood the guy, that I went back to school my senior year because I wanted to be something special. I wanted to do everything I had to do to put myself in a great position and I sat down with him."
"He believed in me," Collins continued, saying Jones, "trusted me and I couldn't have asked for anything else. I couldn't be in a greater situation. I couldn't be in a greater place. I just want to thank Mr. Jones, his family this organization and everybody that is standing behind me because I guarantee you this: I'm going to give this organization everything I have and more. This is going to be the best offensive line in NFL history. Mark my words."
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