As soon as wide receiver Torrey Smith was let go by the San Francisco 49ers, speculation immediately began to swirl that he could potentially come back to Baltimore to reunite with his old team. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the book on that fairytale reunion was just closed but Eagles’ GM Howie Roseman:
Torrey Smith, 3-year deal for $15mil with the Eagles, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 9, 2017
When Smith left Baltimore after the 2014 season, many fans were conflicted. They were sad to see the ultimate fan favorite go, but knew in their heart of hearts that he simply wasn't worth the five year, 40 million dollar deal that San Francisco was willing to give him.
Unfortunately for Smith, that became abundantly clear after two incredibly subpar seasons, and new general manager John Lynch seems happy to purge the team of the contract. That deal was a bit ridiculous, and very optimistic on the side of the 49ers, who have had absolutely nothing going on at quarterback over the last few seasons.
This current signing seems to make a good amount of sense from Philadelphia’s point of view. They bring in a 28 year old receiver to pair with Carson Wentz (who desperately needed help at the position) and they get him on a five million dollar a year contract over the next three seasons.
This is much more in line with his actual value, and makes sense for both parties. It also has a direct effect on the Ravens, who surely should pick up Mike Wallace’s second year option now, despite the 8 million dollar cap hit.
While it is unfortunate that Ravens nation won't be bringing back one of their absolute favorite sons, the timing just wasn't right. Regardless, here's to hoping that Smith can revive his career in the city of brotherly love.