49ers look like “frontrunner” for Torrey Smith

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The 49ers reportedly think that they’re going to lose running back Frank Gore as a free agent, but it looks like their efforts involving wide receiver Torrey Smith are going better.

Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun reports that the team that there’s mutual interest in getting deal done and that the 49ers are considered the “frontrunner” to sign Smith. Adam Caplan of ESPN reports that the Colts and Texans have also shown interest, but that the feeling is that the two sides will agree on a contract unless Smith’s price tag skyrockets in the next two days.

The Ravens hinted at Smith’s departure when owner Steve Bisciotti cited Dolphins wide receiver Mike Wallace’s big contract as the kind of thing the team wanted to avoid and that they’d have to “take it on the chin” if the market proved robust for the wideout.

A move to the 49ers would reunite Smith with his former Ravens teammate Anquan Boldin and likely close the door on any chance of impending free agent Michael Crabtree remaining with the team.

 

38 responses to “49ers look like “frontrunner” for Torrey Smith

  1. Can open the field. If he can do what Ginn and Moss did for the 49ers a few years back it will make the offense that much better.

  2. trodriguez89 says:
    Mar 8, 2015 3:28 PM
    @swaggyy As if the Seahawks have any better receivers buddy….

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    Nope, but they do have a better QB, RB, HC…….
    Buddy.

  3. they have watched film on him I assume….Crabtree is a much better route runner and receiver….Smith’s a one trick pony with average hands…

  4. As a Ninersphan, I’d take this swap, Smith for Crabtree all day long and twice on Sunday’s. Smith had more Yds gained for his team on PI penalties that Vernon Davis had yards for us last year. Dude is the serious vertical threat at WR this team has been lacking since TO was traded. GET IT DONE BAALKE.

  5. Normally i would say please no we do not need benard berrian 2.0 but we actually do need a deep threat. please do not over pay york we know that you will

  6. crp63 says:
    Mar 8, 2015 3:30 PM
    they have watched film on him I assume….Crabtree is a much better route runner and receiver….Smith’s a one trick pony with average hands…
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    Which is obviously why Smith has almost as many yards and more TDs in four seasons than Crabtree has in six. . .

  7. As a Ravens fan I’m sad that Torrey might leave. He’s been a team player and always gave his best. But he was ok last season and the Ravens probably don’t want to over pay him. There’s going to be a team that (over) pays him what he wants and I hope for the best.

  8. 49ERS ARE ALWAYS SIGNING PEOPLE EVEN WITHOUT CAP SPACE. LOOKS LIKE THEIR STILL CHEATING THE SALARY CAP, LIKE CARMEN POLICY DID, AND ONLY GOT A SLAP ON THE WRIST FOR!

  9. jjfootball says:
    Mar 8, 2015 3:43 PM
    49ERS ARE ALWAYS SIGNING PEOPLE EVEN WITHOUT CAP SPACE. LOOKS LIKE THEIR STILL CHEATING THE SALARY CAP, LIKE CARMEN POLICY DID, AND ONLY GOT A SLAP ON THE WRIST FOR!

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    You are misinformed, They haven’t really made a big “splash signing since Justin Smith unless you count Bethea as a splash signing. They are also under the cap, not by much, but please do a little research into the topic.

  10. I got to give it to @swaggy and all the other Seahawks trolls aka the 1-2 MAN. Actually, No. I don’t have to give them anything. Once Lynch retires the team will be irrelevant again.

  11. Smith can stretch the field. Santa Clara QB will have difficulty hitting him because of his arm, strength and accuracy. Also, Smith is not a great route runner and has at times, the drops. Don’t see this as a match for Torrey. Brady or Manning would be a better fit. But hey, it’s his pay day so who cares if the Santa Clara 49s overpay him, he can for the next five years collect millions from the classless Yorkies.

  12. As a ravens fan all I can say is thank you to the 49ers.

    You may think this is sour grapes or a “you don’t know what you have till it’s gone” type of situation but I can assure you the guy is terrible.

    50 percent of his targets resulted in drops or him not getting to the right spot, 9 of Joe’s interceptions came on passes to Torrey, and people would factor in his pi yardage with his overall receiving total (bringing it to 900+ on the year) but often he stopped trying to make the catch when he was interfered with, even if the ball hit him in the hands.

    Couple that with extremely thin skin (on more than one occasion he has had Twitter fights with baltimore sports bloggers) and an attitude on the field that makes Joe Flacco look like Ray lewis and you see why baltimore fans would pack his bags for you.

    Not only that but he was only the focal point of the passing game once, and that was in 2013 out of necessity. Even then he couldn’t get open against third stringers (Monday night in Detroit against guys delivering pizzas now comes to mind) and would never fight for a contested ball as we all saw against New England ending our season.

    But you guys have fun with him, I’m sure it’ll be different with kap.

  13. rushbacker says:
    Mar 8, 2015 3:37 PM
    crp63 says:
    Mar 8, 2015 3:30 PM
    they have watched film on him I assume….Crabtree is a much better route runner and receiver….Smith’s a one trick pony with average hands…
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    Which is obviously why Smith has almost as many yards and more TDs in four seasons than Crabtree has in six. . .

    A more consistent QB has as much to do with that than anything else……go watch him run intermediate routes and count the number of drops inside the hashmarks on easy throws.Make no mistake,Crabtree is not an elite receiver,but still better than smith…

  14. If you think you are getting him cheap, he turned down a 7 mil a year deal before last season started, so he’s not signing for peanuts. Ravens won’t overpay him but some other team will. I’m still sad to see him go but excited to see which receiver we draft to replace him, we may finally draft one in the 1st or 2nd round.

  15. I’m not sure Jerry Ricecakes could make Kap look like a real QB. Every year the 9ers improve the WR position and it seems to just get worse.

  16. Kap does not have a Flacco arm, which should be considered when watching this one play out. My guess is the Niners and the horrible front office think signing this guy will spread the field. I hate to see Torrey go but such is business in the NFL. We will adjust.

  17. crp63 says:
    Mar 8, 2015 4:14 PM

    A more consistent QB has as much to do with that than anything else……go watch him run intermediate routes and count the number of drops inside the hashmarks on easy throws.Make no mistake,Crabtree is not an elite receiver,but still better than smith.
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    I won’t disagree that Crabtree’s hands are more consistent, but he’s also nowhere near as fast or athletic as Smith. The Niners don’t need another target to run ten-yard ins and work the middle of the field– they already have Anquan Boldin and a good TE. They need a guy who can get vertical and take the top off the D. Crabtree’s not that guy– Smith is.

  18. He is a much better WR than Crabtree but with Kaep as his QB THE NINERS are still a QB away from beating the Hawks.

  19. Hey, wait a doggone second!

    Wan’t it just last year whereby “Crabtree” was declared by his head coach, the great Harbaugh, to possess the “best hands he’s ever seen?”

    So now you want to trade “Crabtree” for TS? Interesting how 2 WR members from the very team that beat you in a SB 2 years ago could end up on YOUR team.

    What was it that guy from the 60’s “Laugh In” series always said – Very interesting…

  20. ninersphan says:
    Mar 8, 2015 3:48 PM
    jjfootball says:
    Mar 8, 2015 3:43 PM
    49ERS ARE ALWAYS SIGNING PEOPLE EVEN WITHOUT CAP SPACE. LOOKS LIKE THEIR STILL CHEATING THE SALARY CAP, LIKE CARMEN POLICY DID, AND ONLY GOT A SLAP ON THE WRIST FOR!

    _________________________________________-_________________________________________-

    You are misinformed, They haven’t really made a big “splash signing since Justin Smith unless you count Bethea as a splash signing. They are also under the cap, not by much, but please do a little research into the topic.
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    Jj has a point. My dolphins have spent a ton of money the last few years. The only team to have spent more is the 49ers.

  21. ovaw8lova says:
    Mar 8, 2015 3:58 PM
    Torry Smith and Vernon Davis together again. GO Terps!!

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    They never played together at UMD. Vernon was drafted in ’06…

    But… Yes. Go Terps

  22. Between losing Torrey Smith (presumably) and Jacoby Jones, who does Baltimore plan on throwing the ball to this season?

  23. Unhappy with Crabtree’s performance, the 49ers go after Torrey Smith, who had an equally disappointing year. He finished as the 52nd ranked WR and a whopping 69 yds ahead of Crabtree. The two guys are practically interchangeable, although Crabtree probably has better hands.

  24. Are the 49ers going after a quarterback that can make more than one read and throw the ball accurately? If not, more receivers will do no good whatsoever.

  25. As long as they don’t overpay for him, I don’t mind but he’ll definitely be cheaper than Crabtree whom is not always healthy because he did suffer a torn ACL a few years ago. Anquan Boldin is a possession receiver and not a burner, Torrey Smith is a burner. Defenses weren’t worried about the 49er receivers because all of them weren’t going to spread the field. Now, if they do sign Smith, they’ll still likely won’t draft another speedster as Smith and Ellington are speedsters. They need another possession receiver but with a HUGE frame like DGB which could make sense around the 20-25 range in the first rd. I wouldn’t draft DGB at #15, I think he can still be had at around 20-25 and picking up an extra pick to sure up the offensive line for the future or add depth in the secondary. Next, we need to release/cut Stevie Johnson to clear up some more cap space. A future WR core of DGB, Smith and Ellington can be bad ass. But if Davonte Parker drops to #15, I’d take him immediately.

  26. bosb88 says:
    Mar 8, 2015 5:13 PM
    Between losing Torrey Smith (presumably) and Jacoby Jones, who does Baltimore plan on throwing the ball to this season?

    Torrey Smith and Jacoby Jones caught all of 58 balls out of Flacco’s 344 completions. That’s a whopping 16.8%. Yeah, I’m sure the Ravens are absolutely terrified that some team is going to overpay for him. Lmao

  27. Torrey would be a great signing for a run first team like the 9ers. Outside of Kaepernick, the 9ers are the slowest team on offense in the league. Torrey will open the field for the running game and give Kaepernick his first deep target since entering the NFL. Also, Baalke can’t draft WRs with any success and there are no other legit speed threats in the FA receiver market. When you look at the full picture this would be a great signing if the price tag fits.

  28. We haven’t forgotten your coach’s great call in the SB…

    Pass incomplete
    Pass incomplete
    Pass incomplete
    Pass incomplete

    Ravens eat the clock, take a safety and win.

  29. Dude is a good guy, but not sure how a deep threat and poor route runner with stone hands will help a qb that can’t throw it deep and needs scrappy possession guys.

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