The Eagles announced they had come to terms with Smith after Adam Schefter of ESPN originally reported Smith and Philadelphia agreed on a three-year, $15 million deal. Ian Rapoport of NFL Network confirmed the terms of the deal.
He tweeted "What is next?" after the release, and he now has his answer.
Smith suffered a concussion in 2016 and failed to play the full 16 games for the first time in six seasons since he entered the league as a second-round draft pick in 2011. He tallied career lows across the board with 20 receptions for 267 yards and three touchdowns as the 49ers struggled to a 2-14 record.
He was nowhere near the threat he proved to be with the Baltimore Ravens earlier in his career when he topped 700 receiving yards in four straight seasons, including 1,128 yards in 2013:
|Torrey Smith's Career Stats|
|Season||Team||Games||Catches||Receiving Yards||TD Catches||Yards per Reception|
|2015||San Francisco 49ers||16||33||663||4||20.1|
|2016||San Francisco 49ers||12||20||267||3||13.4|
|Pro Football Reference|
In fairness, the 49ers offense finished dead last in the league in passing yards per game with Colin Kaepernick and Blaine Gabbert under center. It is difficult for any wide receiver to establish consistency in that environment, although the pass-catchers failed to elevate the quarterback play.
Despite his lackluster 2016 campaign, Smith is just 28 years old and boasts a track record of success before reaching the Bay Area. He is a vertical threat, as evidenced by his 17 yards per reception throughout his career, and has 37 touchdown catches on his resume.
Smith tweeted "Don't be surprised when I'm back on track next year" after San Francisco released him.
He now has the chance to follow through on that proclamation for the Eagles, who need to put reliable targets around quarterback Carson Wentz.