The San Francisco 49ers are open to trading wide receiver Torrey Smith, reports Adam Schefter of ESPN.
With the NFL trade deadline approaching, there will be plenty of rumors regarding top players on bad teams. The 49ers have no hope of competing this season and very little hope of competing in the near future. Smith was their marquee free agent signing in the 2015 offseason, but his production has been low.
That has a lot to do with how bad the 49ers are in general, though. Blaine Gabbert was the 49ers starting quarterback before he was benched in favor of Colin Kaepernick, who doesn’t seem like he is any better. Jeremy Kerley, something of an afterthought addition for the 49ers, leads the team with 331 yards and two touchdowns receiving.
Smith, meanwhile, has caught just 13 passes for 199 yards and two touchdowns. He’s been targeted more than 20 fewer times than Kerley this season. But Smith has eclipsed over 1,000 yards in a season before, in 2013 with the Baltimore Ravens. A second-round pick in 2011, Smith is regarded as a strong deep threat.
Schefter’s report doesn’t mention any specific team, but suggests there are multiple teams interested.