The 49ers have signed 26-year-old wide receiver Torrey Smith to a five-year, $40 million contract with $22 million guaranteed, according to Adam Schefter.
Smith is the perfect complement to Anquan Boldin. Boldin is the Flanker — the possession receiver who finds the the open window against zone coverage. Smith is the split end — the sprinter who blows past man coverage and outruns the cornerback down the sideline.
When the 49ers use three wide receivers next season, they can line up two deep threats on the outside (Smith and Jerome Simpson), and they can line up Boldin in the slot. That’s a terrific, balanced trio — the best wide-receiver trio the 49ers have had in a long time.