Torrey Smith on his time with 49ers: 'It wasn't fun'

Smith still has the ability to stretch the field as an "X" receiver.

The 49ers made receiver Torrey Smith's release official on Tuesday and new general manager John Lynch issued a statement.

Torrey Smith was once the prized free agent acquisition for the San Francisco 49ers. His 2017 cap hit was set to be $9.475 million but the 49ers can save $4.675 million against the cap by releasing him. This past season marked the third time Smith had been selected for the prestigious accolade, as the Ravens nominated Smith twice (2013-14) during his four seasons in Baltimore.

However, Smith had just 53 catches for 930 yards and seven scores in 28 games after signing a five-year, $40 million deal in 2015.

Baltimore's interest in Smith should come as little surprise after Smith spent his first four National Football League seasons with the Ravens, catching 213 passes for 3,590 yards and 30 touchdowns over that span.

Over the weekend, the 49ers elected to re-sign Kerley and followed it up by cutting ties with the former Terp.

Smith had just 20 catches for 267 yards last season before missing the final three games with a concussion.

Ironically, Smith recently spoke about overcoming those struggles under new coach Kyle Shanahan. Smith never had less than 767 receiving yards, 92 targets, and 49 receptions. "We'll see what happens".

Smith opened up about his love for Baltimore, calling members of the team "family" during the call.

Alas, Smith is not in the 49ers' plans.

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