The NFL trade deadline is Nov. 1, and ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that the San Francisco 49ers were "open to trading" wide receiver Torrey Smith. However, Smith didn't wind up moving on deadline day despite ongoing negotiations.
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Philadelphia Eagles head coach Doug Pederson told reporters on Oct. 26 there is "no legitimacy" to reports linking them to Smith, per Tim McManus of ESPN.com.
However, ProFootballTalk's Mike Florio reported on Sunday morning that "the Eagles are looking for a receiver, and talks with the 49ers regarding the possibility of acquiring [Smith] are still not dead."
ProFootballTalk reported on Oct. 24 that the 49ers and Eagles had "been discussing a trade" involving Smith, although a swap "is not currently imminent."
Zac Jackson of ProFootballTalk said "the Eagles would love to bolster their receiving corps for a run at the NFC East title," and Smith would do just that.
A possible deal "could accelerate quickly," per Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.
The Eagles are postseason contenders at 4-2 and are coming off a commanding 21-10 victory over the previously undefeated Minnesota Vikings. Smith would give rookie quarterback Carson Wentz a proven weapon to work with alongside Jordan Matthews and Nelson Agholor, who are in their third and second seasons, respectively.
A more explosive offense to complement the NFL's third-best scoring defense would make Philadelphia far more dangerous as it chases its first playoff spot since the 2013 season.
Smith Has Struggled During 49ers Tenure
From San Francisco's perspective, moving Smith would mean dealing a player it just gave a five-year, $40 million contract to in March 2015. It would also be another step in the rebuilding process under first-year head coach Chip Kelly for the 1-6 49ers.
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Smith is only 27 years old and could theoretically be an important piece by the time San Francisco is ready to compete again, but his age also makes him more appealing on the trade market. It is not a stretch to suggest the 49ers could get more in return for a younger player, which would accelerate that rebuild.
Smith has 199 receiving yards and two touchdown catches this season, but he has been a consistent playmaker throughout his career. He is a speedster in the open field and topped 650 receiving yards in each of his first five seasons, including a breakout campaign in 2013:
|Torrey Smith's Career Stats|
|Season||Team||Games||Catches||Receiving Yards||TD Catches|
|2015||San Francisco 49ers||16||33||663||4|
|2016||San Francisco 49ers||7||13||199||2|
While the prime of his career may be behind him, Smith still has the speed to be a productive receiver in the NFL.