49ers, Torrey Smith 5-year, $40 million deal -- Tue Mar 10 4:50 pm --
Smith re-unites with Boldin
NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday that wideout Torrey Smith has signed a five-year, $40 million contract with the Niners, according to a source.(NFL.com)
FF Today's Take:Smith will reunite with his former wide receiver running mate Anquan Boldin. It may surprise you that Smith is coming off his the best fantasy season of his career (total FPts) despite only 49 catches. He was very inconsistent though, and it's difficult to see him becoming anything more than a mid-level WR2 in the San Francisco run-first offense.
Torrey Smith on his way out of Baltimore-- Sun Mar 8 10:15 pm --
Pens thank you letter to Ravens and fans
These last four years have been amazing for me. The men who run the Baltimore Ravens organization have been essential to my growth. For that I say thank you! I will be playing for a different organization, but I will remain committed to the City of Baltimore.(Torrey Smith)
FF Today's Take:The 49ers are expected to sign Torrey Smith on Tuesday which would reunite him with fellow wide receiver Anquan Boldin. Smith was inconsistent in 2014 with only 49 catches and 767 yards but an unlikely 11 TDs saved his fantasy season. The 49ers run-first philosophy (7th in run-pass ratio last season) won't help his fantasy prospects but some big-play opportunities should exist given Kaepernick's arm strength.
Ravens not optimistic they can keep Torrey Smith-- Tue Feb 24 6:00 pm --
Deep threat likely to move on in free agency
The Ravens expressed pessimism about retaining their best deep threat (Torrey Smith) two weeks before the start of free agency. It almost sounded as if the Ravens have conceded Smith will sign elsewhere. "The difference between what we can pay Torrey and what he gets on the open market ... Mike Wallace got $10 million [actually, $11 million signing bonus from the Miami Dolphins] and I don't think anybody thinks that was a good deal," Bisciotti said Tuesday at the "State of the Ravens'" press conference. "There's always a team that has lots of money that wants to bring in playmakers. Those guys are going to get those deals. I think we're going to have to take it on the chin and move on." (ESPN)
FF Today's Take:It's a telling quote from Ravens' owner Steve Bisciotti. The Ravens are up against the cap and likely can't match what Smith will get on the open market. You might be surprised to know that Smith is coming off a career high in fantasy points scored (standard scoring leagues) even though he only registered 49 catches and 767 yards. He saved his season by scoring 11 TDs.
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