The San Francisco 49ers releasing wide receiver Torrey Smith, and while the team has not formally announced it, multiple reports, and Smith himself have made clear that he will be playing for a new team in 2017.
Smith posted on Instagram late Monday afternoon, thanking the 49ers, numerous employees, and the fans for his time in the Bay Area. You can check it out below.
The 49ers have not announced the move yet, but that will likely happen sometime on Tuesday. Pro Football Talk did raise one interesting possibility. Now that word is out that Smith will be available, a team might be willing to give up a late round pick to ensure a chance at landing the wide receiver.
Smith’s contract is a bit pricey for someone whose production was limited the past two years, but in includes no future guarantees. If a team acquired him in a trade, the 49ers would eat the dead money, and his new team would just be on the hook for non-guaranteed base salary. It could be worth a roll of the dice for another team to deal a late pick to guarantee they get him instead of waiting for free agency.
My guess is that does not happen, but you never know what might happen overnight before the 49ers announce Smith’s release.
I would like to say thank you to the @49ers for allowing me to wear red and gold for the last 2 seasons. It didn't go the way we wanted it to but I'm thankful for the relationships I was able to build. I had a great time in the locker room with my teammates and equipment staff. I'd like to apologize to the fans because you didn't get to see me at my best. Regardless of what other may think, I believe the 49ers organization is first class and is heading in the right direction. I would like to say thanks to my man Dan...Bob..and all of the PR staff for showing love to my family. Furgie, the training staff and doctors for taking care of me. The community relations team is arguably the best in the country! I appreciate you all for allowing us to be a part of it and I will continue to support any way I can...it's a million other folks I need to thank...from Hannah to Joanne..T Lloyd and Lil Kym...but I don't have enough time. Jed keep up the great work I know how important it is to you to succeed. All the best to my boys and the new regime. One final shoutout to the janitors and the chef's y'all were always great to me. Good luck next year. Stay Blessed!!!