Well, this is interesting. Steve Smith Sr., has been enjoying the realms of retirement ever since the 2016 season ended. Now that his playing career is over, Smith has decided to "Ice Up" on NFL Network as an analyst. It also looks like he has reported his first big story, unfortunately, it revolves around the release of a former teammate and one of the most beloved players in the NFL today.
Multiple sources have told the current NFL Network analyst that the San Francisco 49ers are releasing former Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith, putting him on the market for the second time in four seasons. The young kid from the University of Maryland was the type of receiver the Ravens needed to take the top off the defense with his speed. Together, with his speed and quarterback Joe Flacco's arm strength, Smith totaled 213 receptions, 3,591 yards and 30 touchdowns. In four seasons in Baltimore, Smith helped the Ravens make the playoffs in three of those years, including being a vital part in the Ravens journey to the Super Bowl championship in 2012. Flacco and Torrey Smith became one of the more underrated quarterback and wide receiver connections in the NFL .
After the 2014 season, Smith became an unrestricted free agent and signed a 5-year, $40 million contract with the 49ers. Smith's play would decline as he only caught 53 receptions for 930 yards and seven touchdowns in his two seasons with San Francisco. It wasn't all his fault as Smith went to an organization that had a revolving door in terms of front office, head coach, and the most important aspect, quarterback. Smith's 2016 season ended after he suffered a concussion during a Week 14 loss to the New York Jets.
With Smith now on the open market, talk will come of why the Ravens should bring him back. He has chemistry with Flacco, a lot of it, but the problem is that the Ravens really don't need a receiver like Smith right now with Mike Wallace, Breshad Perriman, and even Chris Moore already on board and being capable of filling that role. We will have to see if the Ravens show interest to bring him back, but for now, the NFL's ultimate good guy will have to find a new home for the 2017 season.