The San Francisco 49ers have allowed plenty of talent to walk away from the franchise ahead of the 2015 NFL season but those in charge look set to appease the fans somewhat with the addition of one of the last remaining free agent stars.
Stop the rot
According to ESPN's Jim Trotter, the 49ers front office "feels good" about it's chances of brining in former Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith.
After seeing the likes of Dez Bryant and Demaryius Thomas franchise tagged, Randall Cobb re-sign with the Packers yesterday and Jeremy Maclin appear on route to Kansas City, Smith is arguably the most talented wideout still available before free agency officially opens on Tuesday.
The franchise, which has been rocked today by reports suggesting team veterans Patrick Willis and Jason Smith will retire, aren't ready to go on record over any deal for Smith though - erring on the side of caution at present.
The Baltimore Sun went one step further than Trotter, claiming Torrey Smith to the 49ers was a "done deal."
A key edition
The San Francisco 49ers struggled to get anything going through the air last season - only the New York Jets throwing for fewer yards than their 3,407 last year - and desperately need to give Colin Kaepernick a new set of weapons moving forward.
The addition of Torrey Smith will certainly go a long way to helping them achieve that goal. While the 26-year-old posted his lowest personal receiving total (767 yards) in 2014, he still racked up an impressive 11 touchdowns.
With Michael Crabtree heading to free agency the move for Smith couldn't come soon enough, and 49ers fans will be hoping the deal can be finalized without any hiccups or final twists. Colin Kaepernick too, assuming the recent trade rumors are bogus, must be delighted at the prospect of having a legitimate deep-ball threat.
Although the 49ers interest in Torrey Smith has seen a deal close to being agreed, what does remain in doubt is how much the franchise will have to pay him to get him to sign on the dotted line.
As mentioned above, the wide receiver market is thinning by the day and as such Smith's value will keep on rising.
After recent events at Levi's Stadium however the 49ers cannot really afford not to splash the cash on this occasion.
What do you think 49ers fans? Are you happy with the edition of Torrey Smith, and where else must the franchise improve? Let us know in the comments section below...
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