The 49ers are not expected to re-sign free-agent wide receiver Michael Crabtree, so they are reportedly turning their attention to Torrey Smith.
The 49ers are considered the “frontrunner” to sign Smith as a free agent, reports the Baltimore Sun, citing a source familiar with Smith's free-agent status.
During his four-year career in Baltimore, Smith appeared in all 64 regular season games, making 62 starts. His best season was 2013 when he caught 65 passes for 1,128 yards. Last season, he had 49 receptions for 767 yards and a career-high 11 touchdowns.
In his career, Smith has 213 catches for 3,591 yards for an impressive 16.9-yard average and 30 touchdowns. Smith, a second-round pick in the 2011 draft from Maryland, is considered a top deep threat.
“I think it’s no mystery we’re looking for guys that can run and get down the field,” 49ers general manager Trent Baalke said recently at the NFL Scouting Combine.
If Smith signs with the 49ers, he would team up again with Anquan Boldin. Smith and Boldin started together on the 2012 Ravens team that defeated the 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII.
The free-agent signing period is scheduled to open Tuesday at 1 p.m. (PT). A three-day window opened Saturday for teams to enter into negotiations with the representatives of players scheduled for free agency.
Crabtree is not expected to re-sign with the 49ers, according to a source close to him. Cornerback Perrish Cox, also a scheduled free agent, told 95.7 The Game Crabtree wants to go to a team that places more of an emphasis on the passing game.