Collie was a fourth-round draft pick in 2009 and almost immediately emerged as a key component of the Colts passing game.
A prototypical slot receiver, he caught 60 passes and seven touchdowns in his rookie season. Collie’s quick acclamation to the pro game and apparent chemistry with Manning enabled the Colts offense to maintain its form after an injury to Anthony Gonzalez, helping Manning win the league’s MVP award in 2009.
Collie picked up the following season where he left off, and was on pace for an 100 catch, 1,000 yard 2010 before concussion problems derailed his season.
Last season offered evidence of Collie’s value to Manning and the Colts, beyond the fact that the team finished 5-5 after his first concussion in Philadelphia. After returning from injury for a must-win December game against Jacksonville, Collie had eight catches, 87 yards, and two touchdowns in the first half, and the Colts gained 252 yards of total offense during this time. However, after Collie left the game late in the second quarter due to another concussion, the Colts offense amassed only 124 yards the rest of the game.