One of the most fascinating story lines out of the NFL draft – an a macabre, tragic sort of way – was the fate of LSU offensive lineman La’el Collins. The Spark Notes version is that he was a blue chip, can’t miss prospect who was a lock to go in the first round. That is until the lead up to the draft when his ex-girlfriend, who was eight months pregnant with a baby that may have been his, was shot and killed in her apartment in Baton Rouge. Police have spoken to Collins, but have said repeatedly he is not a suspect. Still, the stench of even a potential crime scandal on Collins sent all 32 teams running as fast as they could in the opposite direction and he went undrafted. Now he is still available to any team willing to take the chance the police won’t change their mind and they’ll have a PR disaster blowing up in their faces like a special delivery package from Bugs Bunny.

The latest update comes in the form of reports – undoubtedly from Collins’ own people – that he has an air-tight alibi. He told police he was in New Orleans at the time of the murder. That he and friends were in town for the Pelicans-Golden State game. And that he has the GPS records to prove his whereabouts and the text messages that show the trip had been planned for weeks. Not to mention he hadn’t spoken to the victim in months.

So all this begs the question: If you’re the Patriots, do you take a chance and sign La’el Collins? Without a doubt there’s not a team in all of sports that needs to avoid even the slightest whiff of a murder scandal as much as they do. But assuming this report is accurate and the cops can verify Collins’ alibi, that means there’s a 0.1 percent chance he was involved. Which would mean there’s a 99.9 percent chance he himself is a victim. Not only of the crime, since that was (allegedly) his baby the his ex was carrying, but also of the timing of all this, which cost him tens of millions of first round draft money.

I understand a woman is dead so it’s morbid to be talking about football and dollars and cents. But assuming Collins is innocent, then he’s entitled to getting his future back. And the Patriots could use him. According to the collective bargaining agreement, as an undrafted free agent, the most he can sign for is a three-year deal for the league minimum, and a maximum bonus of between $80,000 and $90,000.

In other words, for the team willing to take the chance, a first round offensive lineman can be had for about it would cost to invite a backup long snapper to camp.

And if I’m the Patriots, I jump on this, and if I’m advising La’el Collins, I tell him to jump on their offer. I’ve always said that if I was an NFL agent with a client who needed to prove himself in order to cash in later, I’d send him to New England in a cocaine heartbeat. You dip him in the magic waters of Foxboro for year or two, the Patriots get the most out of him, and then other GMs will break into their Swear Jar money to get him. It happened with Mark Anderson, Tully Banta-Cain, Jabar Gaffney and dozens of others. And it will happen with Collins.

For the Pats, getting Collins coached up and adding him to a unit that already has Nate Solder, Sebastian Vollmer, Ryan Wendell and Bryan Stork gives them perhaps the best offensive line in the game. It’s a perfect fit for both sides. It just takes the guts to gamble on the fact that Collins isn’t a homicidal monster, he’s just a guy who had a horrific crime almost ruin his life. I say sign him and do it today.

But that’s just one man’s opinion. What does everyone else think?

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Red Sox "Ace" Clay Buchholz wasn't AWFUL last night, but he wasn't good. He was singing a familiar tune after the game, which means he wasn't truly accountable. We played some sound from Josh Beckett in 2011, a year in which he struggled, to remind the listeners what it sounded like when a pitcher blamed themselves for their own bad outings.

[0:06:57] ... now. It what you met listen a lot of people don't like Josh Beckett. But when Josh Beckett socked he told you about it he at least was accountable Beckett a few years ago. I do. I remember too these ...
[0:07:33] ... lets him know that this whole deal. You're looking for passion the Josh Beckett when he was bad to say what you want you walked in reasonable draw a pitched like crap. Drop F bombs that's ...
[0:12:41] ... crowd left handed hitter. And he can't execute the cutter he's not Jon Lester toast too damn many of them. It just executing with Internet bat that he can't do it it's not an easy game ...
[0:13:28] ... that they created. By the way that's taken a big hit with Hanley Ramirez which will get a little bit later on but it generally don't with Hanley being in the lineup. Runners in scoring position ...






The guys discussed the principal in Cambridge who still loves Dzhokhar.

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[0:03:24] ... packets that it's stuff that Betty Norris is a principal. At an elementary school in Cambridge eight principal. Right over there from area right over the river. She's got a little children in her. And her ...
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Hanley Ramirez left Monday night's game after crashing into the wall. (Getty Images)

Hanley Ramirez left Monday night’s game after crashing into the wall. (Getty Images)

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I’m calling this, The Red Sox Star Wars Day Paradox.

I like the Red Sox. I like Star Wars. I like comedy. I like interviews. And yet this Red Sox Star Wars comedy interview is a disaster of such Alderaan-getting-blown-into-space-gravel proportions. I don’t even know where to begin. I mean, poor Gary Striewski. Clay Buchholz is in the midst of getting lit up like a light saber and he’s been sent by his producers down to exchange witty banter with a guy through a helmet. A guy who can’t decide whether to stay in character and play it that way or be wacky and talk about playing ping pong on the Death Star. It’s rare that you ever get to see perfection in this world. Everything created by humans is fraught with some degree of imperfection. And yet NESN might have produced the perfectly, awkward interview. Just a towering achievement in excruciating, flawlessly terrible television.

I don’t know how much Don Orsillo makes, but the fact he didn’t quit his job before Striewski sent it back to him tells me it must be a lot.

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The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane.

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The CEO of the Olympics joined the show to discuss Boston's bid.

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[0:19:52] ... there in yet they're focused and go as you guys on the US open potentially twenty point do your retreat to break it. But it's look at me to be great obviously Ryder Cup the US ...
[0:21:23] ... I don't run a little you remember the original estimates for the Big Dig I think it was 22 two billion two notes through. Than them being ten times. It and a lot more secure Epstein ...






Chris Russo joined the show to discuss his coverage of the Mayweather fight.

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[0:11:17] ... of the public employee. I didn't think anything of it I saw Nate Robertson and I couldn't figure out why in the would you brought it up when you ran yesterday in Chicago while it's great ...






The guys discussed the latest poor outing by Buchholz.

[0:09:43] ... what he's coming back. What I think what you wanna hear what Don Mattingly thanks. I think probably the over under would be about sixty days and he states. It's one of those injuries where he's ...
[0:19:56] ... to be eagerly at. Are complaining you hit play so why aren't Ivan Rodriguez back there and Leon it does it does quickly on I assume CP chicks and a little bit fortunate some of the ...
[0:25:48] ... was. Mean he blinked and the option was to take his name's Matt cherry and accordingly not professionals that you want to keep. You what take your name. Which you you're. And it's a cool name ...
[0:28:08] ... Close at everybody's got transferred to the worst I totally predictable popular Bryant Johnson in his last out on the lop ...






Richard Davey, the chief executive of Boston 2014 joined Dennis & Callahan in studio Tuesday morning to discuss the status of the bid and what is to come.