The Tennessee Titans are working out free agent wide receiver Austin Collie, according to a report from ESPN’s Ed Werder. Collie is starting to make the rounds again, as the San Diego Chargers recently worked him out, and it will be interesting to see if the Titans decide to add Collie as wide receiver depth. While they do have plenty of talent at receiver in Nate Washington, Kendall Wright, Justin Hunter, and Kenny Britt, the last of those names is suffering from a rib injury and is also in the doghouse. He could possibly miss next week’s game despite reports suggesting the contrary, and Britt could also eventually be traded if there are any takers for the enigmatic and oft-injured, but uber-uber-talented, wide receiver.
Austin Collie was unable to make the San Francisco 49ers roster out of training camp, and he was cut loose during the crunchdown day. He has had a vast history of concussions, to the point where Collie is one of the league’s most heartbreaking stories. This is a someone who is a standup guy, a hard-worker, and a very talented player, but the reason why he isn’t one of the league’s best slot receivers is because of injuries. The concussions could damage his life beyond football in an extremely severe fashion, but he is still determined to continue to play the game he loves.
That’s certainly admirable, but it isn’t the only injury that teams like the Tennessee Titans are worried about when looking at potentially signing Austin Collie. He is coming off of a severe knee injury that he still wasn’t fully recovered from while with the 49ers, and that’s why the WR-needed Niners cut him loose. Injuries like that will almost always scare off teams, but the Titans are still checking on Collie. That’s a testament to his ability and intangibles. The question is, should he continue to play despite the concussions? Also, do the Titans really need to sign another WR?