Down and out receiver Austin Collie could find a new home in the NFL, but it looks like he is going to have to wait until after the start of training camp.
The Sacramento Bee reports the San Francisco 49ers are still interested in the former Indianapolis Colts wide receiver. Collie played four years with the Colts, but only played three games last season.
Collie worked out for the 49ers last month, and looked fully recovered from his injury he suffered against the Jaguars in Week 3 last year. The receiver also suffered a concussion in a preseason game last August.
San Francisco, however, wants to wait and see how their young receivers do in training camp.
The 49ers added veteran, and Super Bowl champion, Anquan Boldin this offseason to play opposite Michael Crabtree, but Crabtree tore his Achilles tendon this past spring. WR Mario Manningham is also not expected to start the season as he recovers from knee surgery.
The rest of the wide receiver depth chart includes A.J. Jenkins, Ricardo Lockette, Quinton Patton, Chad Hall, Marlon Moore and Kassim Osgood. All these players are unproven and/or under the age of 26.
Collie would provide a veteran presence to the receiving core and provide depth while Crabtree and Manningham recover.
There is a slight risk involved in signing Austin Collie with all the concussions he has suffered throughout his career. Collie was developing wonderful chemistry with Quarterback Peyton Manning in 2010, but then got hit on both sides of the head on the same play against the Eagles. A little over a month later, he was involved in another head collision.
Including the one he suffered last August, Collie has had at least three severe concussions in his career, not to mention the knee injury from last year as well.
Collie has also worked out for the New England Patriots this offseason, according to RotoWorld.com.