Per Steve Smith, the 49ers will be releasing receiver Torrey Smith, creating about $4.7 million in cap room and saving themselves $8 million in salary commitments for the year. Smith was the 49ers prized free agent signing in 2015, but he never took off in the offense catching just 53 passes for 930 yards in two years. The 49ers were reportedly shopping Smith last year at the trade deadline but were supposedly looking for a high draft pick which never made sense if it was true and looks worse now that they will release him for nothing. Continue reading 49ers to Cut Torrey Smith »
Every Monday during the season we will take a look back at three players who are entering important stages of their contract that may have hurt their stock in upcoming negotiations with their play on Sunday. In addition we will also look at one player signed in the offseason to a new contract that did not live up to the expectations that his contract sets for the player.
Torrey Smith– Everyone expected a big year from Smith and it’s just not there. Smith had chances and didn’t make the most of them, dropped passes and, at least in one case, did not seem to give the max effort expected of a star player. After the game Smith admitted that this is a trying time for himbut he needs a major rebound over the next 11 games to get the contract he hoped for.
Nick Mangold– Watching every snap of the Jets game was torture for me and Mangold, who is supposed to be the leader of the offensive line, looked terrible. The Jets offensive line was overwhelmed and I don think I’ve ever seen Mangold get penalized and give up a sack on the same play. Mangold carries a $10 million plus cap figure in 2015, making this essentially a contract year for him.
Alex Henery– I’m not sure why no Lions can kick this year but Henery was signed to a one year contract a few weeks ago and will likely be released by the time you read this. This was not just costing the Lions a game by missing one critical kick but multiple ones all game.
New Contract Disappointment Of The Week
Chris Johnson– Johnson was brought in by the Jets to be the speedy compliment to their rushing game and a deadly force in their passing game. Right now he looks stuck in the mud and disinterested in what is a fading season. Johnson’s fumble was the final nail in the Jets coffin on Sunday.