Torrey Smith, Pernell McPhee React To Leaving Baltimore

Torrey Smith and Pernell McPhee arrived in their new homes Wednesday afternoon.

The wide receiver and outside linebacker signed big free-agent deals with the 49ers and Bears, respectively, and made formal introductions to their new fan bases.

"I'm leaving a great organization, so for me it was all about that," Smith said during an interview in San Francisco. "For me, leaving Baltimore, if you're going to go anywhere, you want to go to a winning organization and a team that has a chance to go all the way every year."

"This is one of those few places, and I came from one, as well."

Now that Smith is on the other side of the Super Bowl XLVII game between Baltimore and San Francisco, he said he want to make amends for beating his new team with his former squad.

"I'm sorry to the fans that I was a part of that, but now we're trying to make things right," Smith said. "Let's win one out here. I think that would be a good thing."

Smith, 26, was one of the most productive receivers ever for the Ravens. His 30 receiving touchdowns are the most for any receiver in team history, and he led the Ravens with 11 receiving scores last year.

He turned that production into a five-year deal with the 49ers reportedly worth $40 million, including $22 million guaranteed. The Ravens were tight against the salary cap and didn't have the room to keep him.

Joining the 49ers will reunite Smith with his former Ravens teammate Anquan Boldin, who he started alongside during the team's 2012 championship season. Boldin actually helped bring Smith to San Francisco.

"I did a little bit of recruiting," Boldin told the San Francisco media. "It's a first-class organization, which is something he was used to in Baltimore."

McPhee, 26, is leaving the Ravens after a breakout season where he collected a career-high 7.5 sacks. He was mostly a part-time player with a knack for getting after quarterbacks, and he racked up 17 sacks during his time with the Ravens.

He started his time with the Bears with a bang, making headlines for his answer when media asked him to give a scouting report on himself.

"I'm violent, and that's all you need, to be violent," McPhee said, laughing. "No, just a violent guy [who tries] to forget about the [last] play no matter if it's good or bad, and play with that motor and with that energy." 

Chicago rewarded McPhee, a fifth-round pick out of Mississippi State, for his development in Baltimore. He got a five-year deal reportedly worth nearly $40 million.

McPhee played behind Pro Bowlers Terrell Suggs and Elvis Dumervil in Baltimore, and he stressed the value of that.

"I played with Dumervil and Sizzle, and it was a blessing," McPhee said. "They taught me a lot; how to play with my eyes and my hands and my feet and how to read the game. Playing with those guys was a great experience. They kept me humble, kept me focused, and even though I wasn't a starter, they treated me just like I was a starter, like I was a big dog."

Smith and McPhee were both members of the 2011 draft class, and the Ravens won 40 games, two division titles and a Super Bowl during their time with the organization.

It won't be long before the Ravens see Smith again, as Baltimore will face the 49ers in San Francisco next year. 

"I'm glad to be here, and I'll get to work this offseason to hopefully get back to the big game," Smith said.

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