The 49ers had a slew of veteran receivers in for workouts on Friday as they tried to find some help for a receiving corps that’s been thinned out by injury and Austin Collie was the last man standing in a group that also included Lavelle Hawkins and Laurent Robinson.
Mike Garafolo of FOX Sports reports that it’s a “done deal” between the Niners and the former Colts receiver. Collie, who was working out for the Niners for a second time, is coming back from a ruptured patellar tendon that ended his 2012 season after just one game, although that’s just part of the medical baggage that he brings with him to San Francisco.
Collie also has a long history of concussions that threatened to halt his career in its tracks even before his knee blew up last season. Before the injuries got in the way, Collie had turned into a frequent and productive target for the Colts, catching 172 passes and 16 touchdowns between the 2009-2011 season. With no Michael Crabtree and questions about the health of several other wideouts, that kind of production would be welcome on the 49ers offense.
They only have a chance of getting it if Collie can remain healthy, of course, and there’s no way to know that until Collie gets on the field.
UPDATE 6:20 p.m. ET: Ben Volin of the Boston Globe reports that Hawkins will also be signing with the Niners.