The talented receiver from Brigham Young played in the club’s week three outing against Jacksonville, but suffered a torn patellar tendon that ended his season.
Today, Indianapolis announced it will not offer a contract proposal to Collie, and he will be free to seek another direction when free agency starts on March 12.
Collie joined the Colts as a fourth-round pick in 2009. He played in 42 career games and caught 173 passes for 1,845 yards and 16 touchdowns.
Collie’s first season was the Colts’ second Super Bowl year. His fingerprints could be found among the reasons the Colts reached the title game. The rookie caught 60 passes for 676 yards and seven scores while starting five of 16 games.
His efforts against the New York Jets in the AFC Championship game helped the club reach Super Bowl XLIV. Collie had seven receptions for 123 yards and a touchdown. Down 17-3 in the second quarter, Collie and Peyton Manning clicked for three completions for 80 yards to get the Colts back in the game. Following 18- and 46-yard receptions, Collie had a leaping 16-yard scoring reception with 1:06 left to narrow the deficit. Indianapolis rolled in the second half.
The 2010 season had a torrid start for Collie with a difficult ending. Collie caught 58 passes for eight scores, but concussions against Philadelphia and Jacksonville truncated his year at nine outings. Twice he caught more than 10 passes and surpassed 100 reception yards and against the Jaguars, he had eight receptions for 87 yards and two scores in less than a half before the injury.
In the club’s 2-14 2011 season, Collie appeared in every game and caught 54 passes in a year of offensive struggle for the unit. Last year, he suffered a preseason concussion at Pittsburgh before the leg injury against Jacksonville.
“Austin was a warrior and an inspiration for the franchise and Colts fans around the world,” said Colts Owner and CEO Jim Irsay. “He was a great player for us and a superstar for our community, and will always be a part of the Colts family.”