AP Source: 49ers to release wide receiver Torrey Smith

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) A person with direct knowledge of the decision says the San Francisco 49ers will release wide receiver Torrey Smith.

The veteran wideout hinted at the move through a series of posts on his verified Twitter account Monday, then the person close to the situation confirmed the team's intentions, on condition of anonymity because the 49ers hadn't formally announced a decision to part ways with Smith.

In March 2015, Smith received a five-year contract worth $22 million in guaranteed money. It could have been worth as much as $40 million.

The 28-year-old Smith had 20 receptions for 267 yards and three touchdowns last season for San Francisco (2-14), which recently hired general manager John Lynch and coach Kyle Shanahan.

Smith wrote on Twitter: ''What is next?'' ... ''Stay ready!'' and ''Don't be surprised when I'm back on track next year.......''

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