Collins was officially reinstated by the NFL on Monday after completing a four-game suspension.
Collins opened the season on the Falcons' reserve/suspended list while he served a 10-game ban for violating the NFL's performance-enhancing drug policy, only to be waived by Atlanta shortly after the suspension lapsed in November. The 24-year-old was unable to find work before receiving another four-game suspension from the league in December for an undisclosed reason. While Collins is now eligible to sign anywhere and play next season, it's unclear if teams believe he's worth the trouble.
Collins was handed a four-game suspension from the NFL for an undisclosed violation, a source informed Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Shortly after Collins completed his 10-game suspension for violating the NFL's performance-enhancing drug policy, the Falcons parted ways with the 24-year-old cornerback, who had previously been suspended four games in 2016 for the same reason. It's unclear if this latest transgression is related to PEDs, but it at least helps explain why no teams have seriously pursued signing Collins since he was released by Atlanta. If Collins can avoid further NFL discipline during the offseason, he could end up resurfacing somewhere in the league in 2018.
The Falcons waived Collins (suspension) on Tuesday, Will McFadden of the Falcons' official site reports.
Collins completed his 10-game suspension for violating the league's performance-enhancing drug policy following Monday's win over the Seahawks, but it appears the Falcons weren't eager to welcome the third-year cornerback back into the fold. The 24-year-old, a second-round pick out of LSU in 2015, flashed coverage skills in the Falcons' run to the Super Bowl last season, but off-field transgressions have hindered his development. Based on his pedigree and talent alone, it's expected that Collins will generate plenty of interest from other teams upon hitting the waiver wire.
Collins is scheduled to meet with Falcons head coach Dan Quinn on Tuesday, at which point it will be determined if the team will reinstate the cornerback from his 10-game suspension, Kelsey Conway of the Falcons' official site reports.
Collins' suspension for violating the NFL's performance-enhancing drugs policy concluded following the Falcons' 34-31 win over the Seahawks on Monday. The 2015 second-round pick hasn't been able to practice with the team while he's been on suspension, so because of his time away from the field, there's no guarantee he'll be added back to the 53-man roster in advance of Sunday's game against the Buccaneers. If Collins is activated, he would likely serve in a reserve role in the secondary.
Head coach Dan Quinn indicated Saturday that Collins (suspension) is likely to see less time on the field during the team's next exhibition game, Vaughn McClure of ESPN reports.
Collins played 31 snaps on defense and four on special teams during the Falcons' preseason opening loss to the Dolphins. He will be suspended the first 10 games of the regular season after violating the NFL's performance-enhancing drugs policy, so the Falcons likely want to get others involved who will be playing right away. Although Collins started opposite Robert Alford in February's Superbowl, Quinn stated that e remains undecided about the 2015 second-round pick's future on the 53-man roster. The team is taking it on a "week-to-week basis."