Torrey Smith said there were “negotiations,” but no trade before deadline

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In the days leading up to the trade deadline, there was talk that the Eagles and 49ers were discussing a trade that would send wide receiver Torrey Smith to Philadelphia.

Shortly before the deadline, Smith said, via Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee, that there were recent “negotiations” with an unspecified team or teams about a trade but that he would be surprised if anything happened. His instincts were correct.

The deadline passed at 4 p.m. ET on Tuesday afternoon and Smith remains a member of the 49ers. Smith is signed through the 2019 season, but could be a candidate to be cut loose come the offseason. Salaries of $6.5 million in each of the next three years, little production to show for his year-plus in Santa Clara and the 49ers’ need to find some direction would all qualify as reasons for Smith to move on.

Left tackle Joe Staley’s name also came up in trade chatter recently, but he is also staying put for at least the rest of this season.