You can make the argument Torrey Smith was the most popular player on the 49ers the last two seasons.
San Francisco released the wide receiver on Monday, putting the 28-year-old back on the open market. There’s a chance the 49ers have just one wide receiver on the roster next season from 2016. Jeremy Kerley signed a three-year, $10.5 million contract extension on Saturday.
After releasing a series of tweets, Smith penned an official good bye to the 49ers on Instagram.
“I would like to say thank you to the @49ers for allowing me to wear red and gold for the last 2 seasons. It didn’t go the way we wanted it to but I’m thankful for the relationships I was able to build. I had a great time in the locker room with my teammates and equipment staff. I’d like to apologize to the fans because you didn’t get to see me at my best. Regardless of what other may think, I believe the 49ers organization is first class and is heading in the right direction. I would like to say thanks to my man Dan…Bob..and all of the PR staff for showing love to my family. Furgie, the training staff and doctors for taking care of me. The community relations team is arguably the best in the country! I appreciate you all for allowing us to be a part of it and I will continue to support any way I can…it’s a million other folks I need to thank…from Hannah to Joanne..T Lloyd and Lil Kym…but I don’t have enough time. Jed keep up the great work I know how important it is to you to succeed. All the best to my boys and the new regime. One final shoutout to the janitors and the chef’s y’all were always great to me. Good luck next year. Stay Blessed!!!”
Free agency officially begins March 9.