The NFL’s trade deadline is next Tuesday, November 1, at 4:00 PM ET. It looks like Howie Roseman is racing against the clock to make one more deal before it strikes.
Per multiple sources, 49ers and Eagles have been discussing a trade for WR Torrey Smith. Deal is not currently imminent.— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) October 25, 2016
[UPDATE: 10:21 PM ET] -- Here’s something else to keep an eye on!
Wouldn't rule out the Eagles inquiring on Alshon Jeffery as well. Howie Roseman loves to make deals. Wentz needs weapons on the outside...— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) October 25, 2016
Smith, 27, has spent the last year-plus toiling in San Francisco after four very productive years with Baltimore. The best season of his career came in 2013, when Smith caught 65 passes for 1,128 yards and four touchdowns.
In seven games this season as a part of Chip Kelly’s anemic offense out west, he has 13 catches for 199 yards and two touchdowns.
According to PFT, the deal is not “currently imminent,” which of course means this report is noteworthy but not a done deal. There’s probably lots of middle ground to be covered between Howie Roseman and 49ers general manager Trent Baalke before it’s worked out.
The cost for Smith could be high. But when you’re trading for a talented, known commodity coming into what should be, statistically, the prime years of his career at position of great need for your team, the move is likely worth the price tag.
Despite catching passes from Blaine Gabbert and Colin Kaepernick all season long, Smith would rank second among the Eagles’ receivers in receiving yards.
This is a developing story; we’ll update as more details become available.