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Torrey Smith on the outs in San Francisco

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NFL Network’s newest analyst apparently hasn’t had the Warren Sapp seminar yet.

Retired receiver Steve Smith reports that current 49ers receiver Torrey Smith will be released by the team. (Steve and Torrey Smith were teammates in Baltimore in 2014.)

Torrey Smith arrived in San Francisco via free agency in 2015, signing a five-year, $40 million contract. He would exit with $16 million for two seasons, leaving a cap charge of $4.8 million.

From a cap standpoint, the question becomes whether he’ll be cut after the start of the new league year with a post-June 1 designation (that would limit the cap charge to $1.6 million in 2017) or whether the 49ers will simply wipe the contract off the books completely, taking the full hit now. With the 49ers swimming in cap space, the distinction doesn’t really matter.

The move also would avoid a $6.5 million salary for 2017 (it would become fully guaranteed on April 1), a $375,000 roster bonus, and a $1 million workout bonus.

Although Steve Smith’s report is accurate (a source with knowledge of the situation confirms that it’s indeed happening), Warren Sapp’s claim from five years ago that Jeremy Shockey was the Saints bounty “snitch” created a genuine sensitivity at NFL Network to non-reporters reporting news on Twitter or elsewhere. It will be interesting to see whether the league-owned media outlet applies that standard across the board or only when a report is controversial and/or defamatory.

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  1. i thumbs down your comment says: Mar 6, 2017 4:35 PM

    So the team with zero weapons, releases their only legit WR?

  2. thegreatgabbert says: Mar 6, 2017 4:36 PM

    Good, he was an overrated piece of crap who retired once he signed his contract there.

  3. kemp13 says: Mar 6, 2017 4:37 PM

    People actually watch NFL Network for something other than games and replays of games?

    Seriously?

  4. niners816 says: Mar 6, 2017 4:42 PM

    He contributed absolutely nothing. I get that our team sucked the last 2 years, but you know what? Jeremy Kerley got a new deal out of it, so there are no excuses. I followed Torrey Smith through fb once he signed with the Niners, and all he talked about was political crap and how he trained his kid to not like Donald Trump. Yeah, bro, you won’t be missed. I like how John and Kyle are cleaning house. If you don’t contribute, get out.

  5. feckyerlife says: Mar 6, 2017 4:43 PM

    Its still better than ESPN

    kemp13 says:
    Mar 6, 2017 4:37 PM
    People actually watch NFL Network for something other than games and replays of games?

    Seriously?

  6. pfish927 says: Mar 6, 2017 4:43 PM

    Doesn’t Steve Smith work for NFL network now? Would that make him a reporter or “just” an analyst?

  7. canedaddy says: Mar 6, 2017 4:43 PM

    Good deep threat and great human being. Come on back to Baltimore, Torrey!

  8. kfoyo808 says: Mar 6, 2017 4:44 PM

    They are so horrible – they need to start over. Why pay a wr that much money when you are going to win nothing?!? Especially when you have tons of cap room. Probably be better if you trade him for something of value (picks, young players etc)

  9. noose18 says: Mar 6, 2017 4:45 PM

    He should return to the ravens.

  10. rexgrossmanisgoat says: Mar 6, 2017 4:45 PM

    Good, he was an overrated piece of crap who retired once he signed his contract there.
    —————-
    Not sure how you expected him to thrive under the leadership of Jim Tomsula

  11. iamfakejesus says: Mar 6, 2017 4:50 PM

    saw this coming, 49ers probably tried so many trade options an the value of anyone on the 49ers is NOPE.
    Now lets see if the 49ers can sign some top free agents.

  12. theauger says: Mar 6, 2017 4:53 PM

    No surprise. He was never an elite WR, just a very good down field threat. Niners overpaid to get him 2015 but had no one who could throw an accurate deep ball.

    He could still be a good WR on a team with a decent strong armed QB. Panthers come to mind.

  13. trollaikman8 says: Mar 6, 2017 4:56 PM

    The fact that he was given that contract in the first place is the real crime. This guy is one-dimensional but not even in the good way (see Jackson, DeSean). He literally had one good year with Jump Ball Joe.
    That said, he was the only half decent WR in San Francisco.

    Congrats, you now have a WR corp worse than Philadelphia.

  14. jmc8888 says: Mar 6, 2017 4:57 PM

    thegreatgabbert says:
    Mar 6, 2017 4:36 PM

    Good, he was an overrated piece of crap who retired once he signed his contract there.
    —-
    Who overrated him?

    He was a deep threat WR… not a #1.

    Not his fault your front office wanted to sign what is usually called a #3 WR for that much money.

    Nor is it his fault he had Gabbert and Kaepernick throwing him the ball.

    Sometimes a little perspective is in order.

    It wouldn’t surprise me to see him get a lot of interest once he’s released. He wasn’t the problem.

  15. jonwill57 says: Mar 6, 2017 4:59 PM

    It was a bad FA signing. He wasn’t a $8mill/year WR in 2015. Every team should beware of FA!! The number of FAs that pan out are outnumbered by the ones that fizzle! A source told me that. LOL!

  16. jjackwagon says: Mar 6, 2017 5:02 PM

    Every big contract that under-performed last year should get chopped from the 9er squad. No reason to keep dead weight around.
    Start fresh with new talent and make them earn their pay.

  17. ehsguy72 says: Mar 6, 2017 5:05 PM

    Torrey’s great if you want a guy to run really fast straight downfield. But if you want a receiver who can get open, block, alter a route, or make a tough catch in traffic?… look elsewhere. Certainly not worth $8mil/year.

  18. ejm845 says: Mar 6, 2017 5:07 PM

    just what eagles need go get him howie

  19. oswizard says: Mar 6, 2017 5:12 PM

    The Niners are in position to trade this years and next years #1 pick to get Kirk Cousins now, implement the Shanahan zone blocking scheme to fix the running game, sign D. Jackson and another free agent WR. This gets the ball rolling on offense immediately (in two weeks) instead of waiting two years and hoping everything works out. There is room on the cap and then Lynch can start working on the defense.
    I am afraid they may try to wait. Don’t let the Bears, Jets, Browns or even the Rams have time to get at him. Get him now.

  20. fiddlinred says: Mar 6, 2017 5:12 PM

    I have no idea what happened or did not happen in SF but this is a good man who has done good and important things.

  21. goldrush36 says: Mar 6, 2017 5:14 PM

    He was the only decent receiver….. Yet Kerley doubled him up in production and didn’t even spend camp with the team to learn the offense. All the same Torrey is a stand up guy and I wish him the best

  22. harrisonhits2 says: Mar 6, 2017 5:14 PM

    “It will be interesting to see whether the league-owned media outlet applies that standard across the board”

    Lolz the league never applies any standard “across the board”. As you well know.

    Any standard is applied based on the easily hurt feelings of Goodell and his cronies, or if its one of his favored 5, the Jets, Giants, Steelers, Colts and Ravens in which case there is rarely any punishment or issue.

  23. mcniner55 says: Mar 6, 2017 5:19 PM

    This is not surprising at all.

    Kind of a one trick overpriced pony on a team that doesnt have a jockey who can ride it.

    He was also the only “bad contract” from the previous regime.

    If you are a 49er fan you should be happy with this move and the rumors connected to the FA WRs they are interested in.

  24. jag1959 says: Mar 6, 2017 5:20 PM

    kemp13 says:
    Mar 6, 2017 4:37 PM
    People actually watch NFL Network for something other than games and replays of games?

    Seriously?
    _________________

    Absoluely! There have been some truly phenomenal episodes of A Football Life and only a few weak ones.

  25. bert1913 says: Mar 6, 2017 5:27 PM

    players are glad to leave santa clara

  26. edelmanfanclub says: Mar 6, 2017 5:31 PM

    Hes like a DeSean/Mike Wallace mold. Theres nothing wrong with that but if the skill isnt properly utilized within the offense they are a one trick pony

  27. sisqsage says: Mar 6, 2017 5:32 PM

    The F.O. is saying he doesn’t fit their scheme for 2017, a sign they will focus on ground and pound with Hyde and Co.
    The final chapter in Baalke’s weak record on signing WRs.
    Big overpay.
    Smith was good in the community and will help some other team with a viable QB and OC.
    He never had that in SF.

  28. pamperpro says: Mar 6, 2017 5:33 PM

    Wow, he dodged a bullet. Get out of there Torrey and don’t look back. Don’t ever look back…… Deny ever going to that dumpster fire.

  29. granadafan says: Mar 6, 2017 5:37 PM

    niners816 says:
    Mar 6, 2017 4:42 PM
    I followed Torrey Smith through fb once he signed with the Niners, and all he talked about was political crap and how he trained his kid to not like Donald Trump.
    =============================================

    Most parents do this. Do you think all those ultra conservatives and tea partiers told their kids that Obama was a stand up guy and to keep an open mind about #44? Come on, man.

  30. nfliferfan22 says: Mar 6, 2017 5:40 PM

    Everything will turn around for this great historic franchise when they draft Sam Darnold in 2018.. Eat it haters! TRASH TROLLS!

  31. goldrush36 says: Mar 6, 2017 5:44 PM

    He is not the only bad contract from the previous regime…. Vance McDonald is being paid like a pro bowl TE

  32. ninetysixer says: Mar 6, 2017 5:48 PM

    Ravens haters bash Ozzie when he doesn’t keep guys like Torry Smith, Adalius Thomas and the like…yet none of the guys he lets go lasts more than 3 years with their new team….hmmmm, maybe he knows something his critics dont.

  33. niners816 says: Mar 6, 2017 5:54 PM

    granadafan says:
    Mar 6, 2017 5:37 PM
    niners816 says:
    Mar 6, 2017 4:42 PM
    I followed Torrey Smith through fb once he signed with the Niners, and all he talked about was political crap and how he trained his kid to not like Donald Trump.
    =============================================

    Most parents do this. Do you think all those ultra conservatives and tea partiers told their kids that Obama was a stand up guy and to keep an open mind about #44? Come on, man.
    ———-
    Um, well his kid TJ is like 3, same as my son. He should be worrying about his abc’s, not worrying about Trump.

  34. ehsguy72 says: Mar 6, 2017 6:04 PM

    oswizard says:
    Mar 6, 2017 5:12 PM
    The Niners are in position to trade this years and next years #1 pick to get Kirk Cousins now, implement the Shanahan zone blocking scheme to fix the running game, sign D. Jackson and another free agent WR.

    Riiight, that’s how you build from the ground up… trade away your #1 draft picks. Makes perfect sense… lol

  35. ahostiletakeover says: Mar 6, 2017 6:07 PM

    Yet another former Raven who chased the money. Torrey was actually coming along as a more complete receiver his final year in Baltimore with Steve complimenting him but decided he was worth more than what the Ravens were offering to resign to go play with QBs even more erratic than Flacco. Well, there’s a place in Baltimore for you again with Steve retired and Aiken a free agent. Come back for a friendly price and it will be easier for you to keep up all that community work you still do in the area.

  36. bobgust says: Mar 6, 2017 6:10 PM

    “Wow, he dodged a bullet. Get out of there Torrey and don’t look back. Don’t ever look back…… Deny ever going to that dumpster fire.”

    Wont Won’t be as bad as the Chicken Hawks implosion. But Pete the Cheat will do what he does best. Run away

  37. bobgust says: Mar 6, 2017 6:15 PM

    players are glad to leave santa clara
    **********************************

    Must be really boring in Chickenhawk territory these days

  38. tonebones says: Mar 6, 2017 6:46 PM

    Torrey Smith doesn’t have good hands. He’s a great young man. Smart. Fast. He has a lot of good things going for him. But a WR needs to be able to catch the football. I suspect he will continue to bounce around. One day he might develop good hands. I wish him the best. He is a great kid.

  39. ChampKind813 says: Mar 6, 2017 6:50 PM

    In this situation it’s probably best that both sides move on. — signed,Captain Obvious

  40. mogogo1 says: Mar 6, 2017 7:18 PM

    “Warren Sapp’s claim from five years ago that Jeremy Shockey was the Saints bounty “snitch” created a genuine sensitivity at NFL Network to non-reporters reporting news on Twitter or elsewhere. ”
    ___________

    A) This is mundane stuff so WAY different than what Sapp did. B) In this day and age how can anybody distinguish between analysts, reporters, etc.?

  41. inozwetrust says: Mar 6, 2017 7:31 PM

    i thumbs down your comment says:
    Mar 6, 2017 4:35 PM
    So the team with zero weapons, releases their only legit WR?
    ———————
    Dude – if you don’t have a qb you don’t need a good receiver

  42. inozwetrust says: Mar 6, 2017 7:32 PM

    His best years were with Flacco and he can be had for less that Wallace will cost next year. Cut Wallace and sign Smith

  43. halfcentaur says: Mar 6, 2017 7:33 PM

    He could still be a good WR on a team with a decent strong armed QB. Panthers come to mind.
    —-
    Yeah especially if Ginn isn’t coming back, and if Torrey will sign on the cheaper side, i’d be ok with that. Ginn’s hands were never great either, but without that field stretching element he brought in 2015 that team doesn’t go 15-1. I remember their loss to Atlanta that season, Ginn went down early in the game and the offense was suffocated from that point on. It was like the field was cut in half for the defense. The run lanes were more clogged, the middle of the field was more condensed for Olsen, everything they executed that year thrived because Ginn’s speed kept safeties honest and it opened the field from there.

    With Cam’s arm you need a guy with the speed to take the top off. And even if you know that guy is only gonna catch half the passes that hit his hands, if he’s 40-50 yards downfield then that’s still not a gamble any defense wants to take.

    Even if you don’t have velcro hands, in the right system in the right role, that element of stretching the field can be incredibly valuable.

  44. officialgame says: Mar 6, 2017 7:48 PM

    He could be a fit for the Eagles who need someone, anyone who can stretch the field.

  45. The Dangerous Kitchen says: Mar 6, 2017 7:54 PM

    He will be commenting later. First he wanted to take his family out to celebrate.

  46. pantherpro says: Mar 6, 2017 8:22 PM

    Thanks for nothing

  47. The Dangerous Kitchen says: Mar 6, 2017 8:58 PM

    nfliferfan22 says:
    Mar 6, 2017 5:40 PM
    Everything will turn around for this great historic franchise when they draft Sam Darnold in 2018.. Eat it haters! TRASH TROLLS!

    ———————————

    Standing by your team in times like this? Respect.

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