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Caldwell: No comment on Lions' interest in Collins

Josh Katzenstein
The Detroit News

Allen Park — During the pre-draft process, former LSU offensive lineman La'el Collins was a name often linked to the Lions because he would have been a fit at guard or tackle.

But last weekend, as Collins was trying to clear his name following the homicide of his ex-girlfriend, the projected first-round pick went undrafted. On Thursday, he signed a three-year deal with the Dallas Cowboys.

The Lions hosted Collins on a pre-draft visit last month. CBS Sports reported that about 25 teams expressed interest in Collins, and with a question mark at right tackle, the Lions likely were among them.

But on Friday, coach Jim Caldwell declined to say what steps — if any — the Lions took to try to sign him.

"One of the things that I've kind of learned through the years is that I don't do a whole lot of discussing of guys that aren't here or guys that maybe you all thought would be here that aren't here," he said. "I can't lend any credence to that. I worry about the guys that we have that we do have signed that we have on our team that we've got enough issues of our own to focus in on."

The Cowboys, Dolphins and Bills were among the teams that reportedly made pitches to Collins with Miami players and Buffalo coach Rex Ryan visiting him in Baton Rouge, La., this week before he agreed to a deal with Dallas.

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