According to Mike Garafolo of Fox Sports, Austin Collie agreed to terms with the team Friday after previously working out twice with the club:
There is no word on the financial terms of the deal. ESPN’s Adam Schefter has reported, however, it is a one-year pact:
Collie, 27, played each of his first four NFL seasons with the Indianapolis Colts. Drafted in the fourth round out of BYU, Collie has 173 receptions for 1,845 yards and 16 touchdowns in his career. He played in just one game last season with Indianapolis, catching one ball for six yards before going down with an injury.
While San Francisco acquired Anquan Boldin this offseason with the impetus of giving Kaepernick an even greater number of targets on the field, injuries have left the depth chart depleted.
Top wideout Michael Crabtree tore his Achilles in May, and it’s unclear whether he’ll be able to suit up at all this season. Concern grew greater in camp this week when 2012 first-round pick A.J. Jenkins, the man most likely to replace Crabtree on the outside, left practice with a hamstring injury, per Barrows. Jenkins was later joined on the sideline by Kassim Osgood, who also befell to injury.
I’m willing to step up and do whatever they ask me to do. They’ve been having me line up at wide receiver, pretty much all over the place. It’s a good thing that I get the opportunity to work with those guys because it not only helps me at the wide receiver position, it also helps me at the tight end position. My feet get quicker, my route-running is better.
While Collie will likely help out the 49ers’ depth should he stay healthy, there are major questions about his ability to do so.
His once-promising career with the Colts was cut short due to a series of injuries, mostly concussion-related. Collie was on pace for a Pro Bowl-level season in 2010 before taking a scary hit against the Philadelphia Eagles that November, taking a head-on collision as two defensive backs converged. He would return for just two more games in 2010 before suffering another scary concussion, this one putting him on the shelf for the remainder of the year.
While Collie would play 16 games in 2011, he wasn’t the same player. His numbers dipped to career lows, then he suffered a third concussion during the 2012 preseason. Missing the final 15 games of last season was not concussion-related, though, as he went down with a ruptured tendon in his knee during Week 3.
With Collie having been in twice for workouts, it appears the 49ers were pleased enough with his progress to bring him into the fold.