Dear Baltimore http://t.co/TVotXcoZWH http://t.co/kIDWbB2xY1 pic.twitter.com/CsErXdAAqy— Torrey Smith (@TorreySmithWR) March 8, 2015
Feeling I get on Torrey Smith and #49ers (following up last night's info): Unless $$ is too rich for them, they'll get a deal done.— Adam Caplan (@caplannfl) March 8, 2015
Watch the script flip in Baltimore regarding local product Torrey Smith.
It used to be all bells and sunshine regarding the largely one-dimensional Smith - a decent deep game but he never developed a full route tree over four seasons in Baltimore.
Even his owner recently compared him to Mike Wallace, the ex-Steelers receiver who was (over) paid by the Dolphins, and, somewhat ironically, has produced Smith-like numbers ever since.
Baltimore is wise not to re-sign Smith for anything even within sneezing distance of Wallace, and perhaps Adam Caplan's report is planted by an agent looking to draw Baltimore back to the negotiation table, it would come down to how much the wide receiver-less 49ers are looking to offer.
Pending free agent Michael Crabtree received a value of around $4 million to $5 million, according to one AFC executive, reported by CSN Bay Area. If that's the market for Crabtree, one would be hard-pressed Smith is worth any more.
McCoy's new deal could set future market for Bell
Bell may be facing a suspension, but that won't avert his attention from the mega-deal reportedly being given to Bills RB LeSean McCoy. Bell is entering the third year of his rookie deal, and this time next year, may be in that market.
Still, for Baltimore, a team who's leading receiver - Steve Smith - racked up more than half his 2014 total after six weeks, then fell apart over the final 10, they should probably address the receiver position somehow in 2015.
It's still fully possible for Torrey Smith to sign something of a cap-friendly deal, but the team may have missed their best opportunity to keep Torrey Smith on a cheaper deal last season. The dead money created by the release of Ray Rice gave them $9 million less this year than they expected.
Smith now may be able to field something of a better offer than what Baltimore can give him. The 36-year-old Steve Smith is signed for 2015, but their three other top receivers, Torrey Smith (49 catches), tight end Owen Daniels (48 catches) and running back Justin Forsett (44 catches) are all pending free agents.
Daniels has played for ex-Ravens offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak for his entire career, and may want to join him in Buffalo. Forsett joins a stacked running backs market, and may be, dollar-for-dollar, the most valuable available.
The Ravens will get two-time hip dislocation tight end Dennis Pitta back in 2015, but with a slew of unknowns after possibly losing three top receivers, they may have to up their price for Torrey Smith.