The San Francisco 49ers appear set to sign wide receiver Torrey Smith when free agency opens at 1 p.m. PT. Anquan Boldin confirmed a deal was done, according to CBS Sports personality Jamey Eisenberg.
Just spoke to Anquan Boldin. He said Torrey Smith is going to the #49ers as a done deal. Said he helped with recruiting.— Jamey Eisenberg (@JameyEisenberg) March 10, 2015
Boldin and Smith played together in Baltimore in 2011 and 2012. Neither had a 1,000-yard season in those years, but they were part of a Ravens passing attack that featured a solid array of weapons. None were spectacular, but they all did a solid job, and of course, it paid off handsomely in 2012.
There has been no word on potential terms for the deal, so we will have to wait and see on the numbers. Smith is only 26 years old, and even though it feels like he has been around for a while, he only has four seasons under his belt. Last season he had a career high 11 touchdowns, but career lows in receptions (49), yards (767) and yards per catch (15.7). Prior to that, he had back-to-back 17.4 yards per catch seasons.
The 49ers deep passing game was effectively non-existent this past season. David Neumann broke down the passing game woes in mid-December. He put blame on lack of separation by the wide receivers, poor throws and decisions by Colin Kaepernick, and unimaginative route concepts. It remains to be seen what Kap will do in terms of deep ball accuracy, but adding a receiver like Torrey Smith can help with the first issue. The latter will be determined in part by what the coaching staff brings to the table.