Torrey Smith came over from the Baltimore Ravens, where he won a Super Bowl in the 2012 season, to sign a five-year, $40 million deal with the San Francisco 49ers in the 2015 season. The move didn’t pan out particularly well, as the speedy wide receiver went from hauling passes from (peak years?) Joe Flacco to uhh ... this play. (Smith is #82 at the bottom of the GIF)
As the Niners rebuild their roster, Smith will not be a part of the Kyle Shanahan/John Lynch era. First reported by esteemed NFL insider Steve Smith Sr., Torrey himself confirmed on Monday that the 49ers cut him loose, and the organization announced the news on Tuesday.
Smith played in 28 games for San Francisco, catching just 53 balls on 111 targets, racking up 930 yards, and scoring 7 touchdowns. His greatest asset was his ability to make plays deep down the field, but that’s a completely useless quality to have when one of your starting quarterbacks is Blaine Gabbert. He’s not really a high-end talent and largely played second-fiddle to Anquan Boldin in both Baltimore and San Francisco, but he’s still only 28 years old and I expect he’ll be picked up soon.
As for the 49ers, who have over $90 million available in cap space, they’ll surely be making some free agent splashes for their talent-poor team. One wide receiver they’re reportedly interested in is Terrelle Pryor III, whom the Cleveland Browns don’t seem to intend on re-signing.