Sakamoto: Eagles, 49ers Discussing WR Torrey Smith Trade While Kelly Wants Matthews?


According to NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport, the San Francisco 49ers are in trade talks with the Philadelphia Eagles involving WR Torrey Smith. The Eagles would receive WR Torrey Smith while the 49ers would potentially get second-year WR Nelson Agholor, future draft pick compensation, or possibly WR Jordan Matthews? (49ers fans wishful thinking, lol). The report didn’t exactly say who the Eagles are discussing as compensation for Smith’s services, but if Matthews is discussed, the 49ers should pull the trigger, as the move would make sense for both teams, on so many different levels…

The 49ers can finally wipe their hands clean of the lucrative contract they gave Smith, while the 49ers in return get a younger, cheaper, more valuable pass-catcher, who thrives under HC Chip Kelly’s scheme. A win-win for San Francisco.

On the flip side, the Eagles get that veteran deep-threat to pair with rookie QB Carson Wentz. The move would kill two birds with one stone. A player who can stretch the field vertically while providing a boost to the young quarterback’s maturation process.

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So you may be asking yourself, who is Matthews? Well if you followed our website, you would know that Matthews was my draft crush back in 2014, who also happens to be WR Jerry Rice’s cousin.

Sakamoto: Jordan Matthews Should Be Targeted By 49ers In 2nd Round

A player who fell to the second-round, I thought the 49ers should have drafted the wide receiver sooner rather than later. They didn’t. I had Matthews graded as a first-round talent but GM Trent Baalke opted to draft DB Jimmie Ward instead at No. 30.

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Matthews was drafted just 12 picks later. Now it appears that Coach Kelly wants his type of guys, who fit his system. Smith doesn’t. Matthews does.

Let’s be honest, Smith is not a true No. 1 wide receiver and never was. At best, he’s a nice complementary No. 2. Matthews on the other hand is a true No. 1, and the 49ers could use one right about now- making the trade a no-brainer.

However, if Agholor is the 49ers guy, than this trade does the team no justice in my opinion, as Algholor is not a true No. 1 wide receiver. On the other hand, if draft compensation is in the works, then I believe anything lower than a third-round pick would be a loss for the 49ers in making this deal.

Who the 49ers-Eagles are discussing as compensation for Smith services is anyone’s guess. Matthews would be an ideal target, as he’s a true No. 1, and a player the 49ers could use moving forward. If swapping wide receivers straight-up isn’t enough for the Eagles to pull the trigger, then sweeten the deal by adding a

In 23 regular season games in San Francisco, Smith has only been targeted 93 times while amassing 46 catches for 862 yards and 6 touchdowns. Matthews has played in 38 regular season games, yielding far better results, 177 receptions for 2,223 yards and 18 touchdowns.


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