Nothing went awry, and Smith will now join former Ravens wide receiver Anquan Boldin with the 49ers. Boldin played a role in recruiting Smith to the 49ers, according to a source. Smith also has a connection to 49ers tight end Vernon Davis, a fellow former Maryland football standout.
The Ravens never came close to a deal with Smith in contract negotiations last year and were unable to compete financially to hold onto him.
Selected in the second round of the NFL draft in 2011, Smith hasn't made a Pro Bowl. He got off to a slow start last season and finished with 49 receptions for 767 yards and a career-high 11 touchdowns as Steve Smith emerged as the Ravens' top wide receiver.