We’ll have to wait until the official start of free agency on Tuesday to see whether Ravens free-agent receiver Torrey Smith lands with the 49ers.
But it’s clear that Smith is not returning to Baltimore. On his blog, the speedy receiver penned a 981-word farewell letter to the city and to Ravens officials thanking them for his four seasons with the team. “Although I may no longer be a member of the Baltimore Ravens, at heart, I will always be a Raven,” he wrote. “What we accomplished together is timeless. I will be playing for a different organization, but I will remain committed to the City of Baltimore.”
Smith, a second-round pick in 2011, reportedly has been targeted by the 49ers to be the downfield receiver in their restructured offense. Smith spent two seasons in Baltimore alongside veteran Anquan Boldin, who was traded to the 49ers before the 2013 season. The duo helped the Ravens to a Super Bowl title in 2013.
Smith, 26, seemingly is the down-field threat the 49ers are seeking. He’s averaged 16.9 yards per catch over his career -- albeit with an excellent long-ball thrower in quarterback Joe Flacco -- and last year scored 11 touchdowns.
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His addition likely ensures that 49ers free-agent receiver Michael Crabtree is not back. It also raises questions about the future of Stevie Johnson, who is due to earn more than $6 million in 2015.
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