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San Francisco 49ers' Torrey Smith sits on the bench late in the fourth quarter during his team's loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday, Oct. 23, 2016 at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif.
San Francisco 49ers' Torrey Smith sits on the bench late in the fourth quarter during his team's loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday, Oct. 23, 2016 at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif. (Nhat V. Meyer / TNS)

Former Terps and Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith is reportedly the subject of trade talks between the San Francisco 49ers and Philadelphia Eagles.

A deal would provide a legitimate deep threat for the Eagles and their upstart rookie quarterback, Carson Wentz.

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It could also revitalize a career that has trended in the wrong direction during a time when it should be in its prime.

Smith, 27, cashed in on a $40 million contract with the 49ers before last season, but his 1 1/2 years out west have not been productive.

His 33 receptions, 663 receiving yards and four touchdowns in 2015 were career lows. He's on pace to droop even lower this year, coach Chip Kelly's first with the team. Smith is signed through 2019.

While the money was right, Smith's situation in San Francisco has never worked from a football standpoint. The 49ers' starting quarterback entering the season was Blaine Gabbert, a former first-round bust who relies on short throws and his legs to pick up yardage.

Kelly benched Gabbert in favor of Colin Kaepernick after a 1-4 start. Kaepernick, a polarizing figure because of his overt political activism, has performed as a quarterback in a way everybody can agree on: poorly.

Stuck with this QB catastrophe is Smith, a 2011 second-round draft pick who emerged with the Ravens thanks to his top-flight speed and ability to chase down Joe Flacco's deep passes.

Smith was a key player on the Ravens' 2012 Super Bowl team. The next year he amassed a team-high 1,128 receiving yards. The year after that, he had a team-high 11 touchdowns -- tied for 10th most in the league.

Just as it appeared Smith was becoming a top receiver in the league, he joined a lousy situation. The 49ers look helpless this season, and any path to rebuilding will be a long one.

The Eagles, meanwhile, are a surprise team this year, very much in the playoff hunt with a 4-2 record. And despite their success so far, their wide receiving corps leaves plenty of room for improvement behind go-to guy Jordan Matthews.

A trade could be a win-win-win for the rebuilding 49ers, the suddenly contending Eagles and the now-adrift Smith.

With the 49ers on a bye, Smith will be at Dunbar High on Wednesday for a panel on issues facing black males in Baltimore.

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