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Is There Any Way Austin Collie Could Come Back To the Indianapolis Colts?

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Earlier in the week, the Indianapolis Colts informed receiver Austin Collie that the team would not be re-signing him as a free agent. Collie has fought through injury, including multiple concussions and tearing his patella tendon last season. Is it a smart idea for him to try and come back though.

There’s no question he has ability. After being a fourth round draft pick, he put up 60 catches for 676 yards and seven touchdowns. Then in only nine games in 2010 he but up similar numbers. He had 58 catches for 649 yards and eight touchdowns. In 2011, he played in all 16 games, but due to the fact that Peyton Manning wasn’t his quarterback anymore, his numbers declined. He had 54 catches for 514 yards but only one touchdown. Last year he only had one catch for six yards.

Collie has had multiple concussions and he tore his patella tendon. At only 27 years of age, he could be a nice buy low candidate for someone. Maybe he could come back to the Colts. If Donnie Avery leaves via free agency, and the Colts decided not to make other moves at receiver, maybe they could reunite. He already knows the system, he would just have to prove that he’s healthy, something he hasn’t had the ability to do.

I’m no doctor. If Collie is healthy and wants to play he should give it a shot. If doctors tell him it’s better for his health not to, then he shouldn’t. Let’s see what happens as the off-season plays out.