Austin Collie is back on an NFL team, and he has landed with one that can use a lot of help at wide receiver. Collie signed with the 49ers on Friday. The former Colt has played in just one game since 2011 because of concussion issues and a 2012 ruptured patella tendon, After working him out a couple of times, the 49ers hope Collie can upgrade a receiving corps that will be without go-to wideout Michael Crabtree for most of the season and has seen A.J. Jenkins and Quinton Patton miss practice time lately because of their own injuries.
There isn't much initial fantasy value here as Collie isn't a lock to make the team. And you have to wonder what a serious knee injury and multiple concussions have subtracted from his natural ability. But if Collie stays healthy this month and performs well, he could start the year the Niners' No. 2 WR, in which case he would be a really nice and cheap option in all leagues. Another concussion, however, would probably mean the end of his career.