Torrey Smith was released by the San Francisco 49ers. Could he be a potential wide receiver target for the Baltimore Ravens this offseason?
The Baltimore Ravens have a lot of needs this offseason, it’s going to be one of the most crucial offseasons in recent history for the team. One of those needs is at the wide receiver position, with the retirement of Steve Smith and the loss of Kamar Aiken, the Ravens need someone.
We theorized earlier this morning about Brandon Marshall coming to the Baltimore Ravens, but in what can only be described as unfortunate timing, Marshall signed with the New York Giants roughly an hour after we published our article.
So we look at other potential options for the Ravens, and one that really stands out is recently-released wide receiver Torrey Smith, whom the Ravens drafted in 2011 out of the University of Maryland.
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Smith spent four years in Baltimore and then signed with the San Francisco 49ers for two years until he was released recently. As Jason La Canfora theorizes, Smith landing in Baltimore seems to make a lot of sense (though he also theorizes that the Philadelphia Eagles would make sense as well).
I think Smith would do quite well coming back to Baltimore. He’s still well-loved by the fans here and still has roots here in the community. A move back to Baltimore would almost be like Smith coming home again.
He would also help out the Baltimore Ravens in a major way. The team has a hole at wide receiver, and while they have Mike Wallace and Breshad Perriman, they need another receiver to balance the team out.
Now, Smith isn’t necessarily the possession receiver I’m personally hoping the Ravens go after, but he would suit the team very well, especially since he’s already familiar with the team, John Harbaugh’s style of play, and Joe Flacco.
If Smith were to join the Ravens, it would give the team quite a fast receiver corps, as Wallace, Perriman, and Smith’s biggest assets are certainly their ability to get downfield.
Smith had a couple down years in San Francisco, but I believe that was due to a poor 49ers offense rather than poor play on Smith’s part. His season last year was absolutely miserable, catching only 20 balls for 267 yards and three touchdowns over the course of 12 games before his season was cut short by a concussion.
I think Smith would succeed back in Baltimore and I think he would help fill a gap fairly easily that the Baltimore Ravens are in need of filling. signing Smith would allow the Ravens to focus on some of their bigger needs, such as the outer and inner linebacker positions. Bring Torrey home.