Torrey Smith Says Goodbye To Baltimore

Wide receiver Torrey Smith says he won't be playing for the Ravens next season.

Smith wrote a long goodbye to Baltimore, the Ravens organization and fans on Sunday, two days before free agency officially opens.

Smith can't formally sign with another team until Tuesday at 4 p.m., but all unrestricted free agents have been allowed to negotiate with other teams since Saturday.

"I will be playing for a different organization," Smith wrote.

Smith, an unrestricted free agent, is rumored to be headed to San Francisco, where he would reunite with former Ravens receiver Anquan Boldin, per The Baltimore Sun.

The Ravens were hoping to retain Smith, but knew he could get more lucrative offers elsewhere.

"There is always a team that has lots of money that wants to bring in playmakers and those guys are going to get those deals," Owner Steve Bisciotti said in February. "We're just going to have to take it on the chin and move on."

Smith has been a team and fan favorite in Baltimore since being drafted by the team in the second round of 2011.

The local product from the University of Maryland had four strong years with the Ravens. He was a near-immediate starter and never missed a game.

The speedster was one of the team's premier playmakers. He made critical plays in the Ravens' Super Bowl run, particularly in the divisional game in Denver versus cornerback Champ Bailey. His statistically best season was in 2013 when he caught 65 passes for 1,128 yards and four touchdowns.

Smith's stats dropped last year, however. He tied a career low with 49 receptions and had a career-low 767 yards. He did notch a team-high 11 touchdowns.

The hard worker and high-character player was a leader in the locker room and a very active participant in the community. He and his young family were beloved by many Ravens fans. Smith said he will "remain committed to the City of Baltimore" and will continue to give back.

"MY COMMITMENT TO THE CITY IS FOR LIFE," Smith wrote. "This isn't a goodbye because I will still be around and Baltimore will continue to be my home in the offseason and when my career is done. I'm on to the next chapter of my life and football career, but I will see you guys later."

With Smith now gone, the Ravens will need a new starting wide receiver. Head Coach John Harbaugh also stated that Steve Smith Sr. could have a different role next year, so Baltimore could be in line for a shake-up in the wide receiver corps.

Smith thanked the organization, from Biscoitti to General Manager Ozzie Newsome, Head Coach John Harbaugh, his other coaches, teammates and many other staff members.

He especially thanked the fans, many of which he interacted with on Twitter throughout his career.

Celebrate Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith, who turned 26 years old Monday.

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