The 49ers are the favorites to sign 26-year-old wide receiver Torrey Smith, according to the Baltimore Sun. One source tells the Sun it’s a “done deal” that Smith will sign with San Francisco.
Smith would be a terrific signing. The 49ers need a deep threat, and Smith certainly is a deep threat. He is averaging 16.9 yards per catch in his four-season career.
If the Niners sign Torrey Smith, they wouldn’t have to draft a wide receiver in the first round or second round of the upcoming draft. I figured Trent Baalke would prefer to draft a receiver early as opposed to signing an expensive free agent like Smith.
But a rookie receiver would have to develop. Smith already is developed. He probably would have a greater impact on the 49ers’ offense next season than any receiver the Niners could draft.