Wide receiver Torrey Smith could be a member of the Philadelphia Eagles soon.
The San Francisco 49ers have informed Torrey Smith of his coming release. The Philadelphia Eagles, who are desperate to sign a competent receiver, could be the most likely candidate to land the 28-year-old wideout.
Former All-Pro wideout Steve Smith broke the news (weird, I know) via Twitter.
Smith’s release isn’t particularly surprising. In two seasons with the 49ers, he has recorded a grand total of 53 receptions for just 930 yards and seven touchdowns. The 49ers signed him to a five-year, $40 million contract in 2015. By releasing Smith, they’ll save themselves $4.8 million.
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As unproductive as Smith was in San Francisco, he was a key member of the Baltimore Ravens‘ offense during their Super Bowl run in 2012. The Ravens selected Smith in the second round (No. 58 overall) of the 2011 NFL Draft. In four seasons with the Ravens, Smith caught 213 balls for 3,591 yards and 30 touchdowns.
During the regular season, ProFootballTalk reported the Eagles and 49ers were discussing a trade involving Smith, but nothing materialized. CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora reported last month that the Eagles were still interested in trading for Smith.
It’s no secret that the Eagles are frantically looking to sign help at wide receiver. The Eagles’ receiving corps was one of the worst in the NFL last season. With no weapons to throw to, quarterback Carson Wentz was ultimately forced to suffer through a rollercoaster rookie campaign with Jordan Matthews and Nelson Agholor as his two most reliable wideouts.
While Smith certainly wouldn’t fix the Eagles’ struggles at wideout, he would at least help get things moving in the right direction. He likely won’t be asking for a huge deal after two lackluster years with the 49ers. If the Eagles sign him to a cheap, short-term deal, it wouldn’t be a horrible move by Howie Roseman and company.