NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday that wideout Torrey Smith has signed a five-year, $40 million contract with the Niners, according to a source.
Smith's deal shines down as a ray of hope during an otherwise wretched week for coach Jim Tomsula and general manager Trent Baalke.
The fifth-year receiver gives quarterback Colin Kaepernick something he's lacked in San Francisco: A field-stretching home-run hitter. Still, Smith is coming off a season that saw him post career lows in catches (49) and yardage (767) despite setting a personal record with 11 touchdowns. Five of those scores came over Baltimore's final four games, an example of Smith's ability to catch fire.
If he can pick up where he left, Smith will add an element of excitement to an offense and organization suddenly riddled with more questions than answers.