Training camp roundup: Austin Collie, Early Doucet find new homes in the NFC West

Brian McIntyre
August 2, 2013

Friday was another busy day in the NFL. We've got a busy weekend ahead with the Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Saturday night and the Hall of Fame game on Sunday night.

Here's a quick recap of some of the things you may have missed on Friday:

• Wide receiver Austin Collie's free agent tour came to an end as Mike Garafolo of FOX Sports 1 reports the former Indianapolis Colts receiver has agreed to terms with the San Francisco 49ers, who are thin at receiver with Michael Crabtee, Mario Manningham and Kyle Williams on the physically unable to perform list. Ben Volin of the Boston Globe reports that the 49ers are also expected to sign wide receiver Lavelle Hawkins, who was released by the New England Patriots earlier this week.

Fun fact: Hawkins' agent is Brian Overstreet, the former agent of 49ers cornerback Tarell Brown, who blamed Overstreet after a $2 million base salary escalator voided when he failed to participate in the team's offseason workout program.

• Injuries on the 49ers continue to mount as Chris Culliver, perhaps the team's most consistent cornerback in 2012, will miss the season with a torn ACL.

• The Seattle Seahawks have agreed to terms on a one-year deal with former Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Early Doucet, Ian Rapoport of reports. In his five seasons with the Cardinals, Doucet has 139 receptions for 1,491 yards and seven touchdowns, most of which came when he caught 54 balls for 689 yards and five touchdowns in 2011.

• Seahawks wide receiver Sidney Rice returned to the team after flying to Switzerland to undergo an non-surgical procedure on his knee. According to Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times, Rice said he was battling patella tendinitis and hopes the treatment will help. Rice added that the treatment lasted 20 minutes, which is interesting in that Rice spent a total of 24 hours on a plane.

• Buffalo Bills wide receiver Stevie Johnson left Friday's practice with a left hamstring injury. Bills head coach Doug Marrone did not know how serious the injury was, but noted the silver lining that it will give younger players more reps in practice.

"No, again I'm probably a little bit different," said Marrone. "I look at it as an opportunity to get those younger guys more reps."

• Baltimore Ravens cornerback Asa Jackson was suspended eight games for violating the league's policy against performance-enhancing drugs. Jackson, a 2012 fifth-round pick out of Cal-Poly, was suspended four games for another PEDs violation in 2012. The two suspensions will cost Jackson over $315,000 in base salary during his career.

• Houston Texans left tackle Duane Brown is very impressed with first-round wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins.

"I don’t want to compare him to anybody but I think someone that I saw that young would probably be Larry Fitzgerald with that kind of hand-eye coordination and that kind of focus," Brown said on Friday. "It’s great to have him on our team; it’s a huge weapon for us."

• New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady turns 36 tomorrow. His plans? "Practice at nine o’clock tomorrow morning."

Another busy day on the NFL personnel notice. Here's a quick roundup:

The Carolina Panthers claimed safety Ricardo Silva (Detroit), signed guard Chris Scott and "waived/injured" rookie defensive tackle Linden Gaydosh. The Chicago Bears waived tight end Brody Eldridge and kicker Austin Signor and signed rookie linebacker Andrew Starks.

Long-snapper Luke Ingram, waived by the Pittsburgh Steelers, was claimed by the Jacksonville Jaguars, who now have three long-snappers in camp.

Veteran center/guard Ryan Lilja officially signed with the Denver Broncos on Friday.

"He is a guy that has some position flexibility, which is something we are always looking to have," said Broncos offensive coordinator Adam Gase. "If a guy can come in and help us with a role, whatever that is, that’s the type of player we are looking for."