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Torrey Smith apologizes to 49ers fans with heartfelt message following release

Sep 20, 2015; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Torrey Smith (82) takes the field to play he Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field. The Steelers won 43-18. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Sep 20, 2015; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Torrey Smith (82) takes the field to play he Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field. The Steelers won 43-18. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

On Monday, recently retired wideout Steve Smith broke the news that the San Francisco 49ers would be releasing his former Ravens teammate, Torrey Smith. It wasn't an overly surprising move, considering Smith had just 20 receptions in 2016, but he was just two years into his five-year deal.

After the news broke, Torrey Smith shared a message with 49ers fans and took some time to thank a bunch of people within the organization. He also told owner Jed York to "keep up the great work," and said the 49ers franchise is "first class and is heading in the right direction."

I would like to say thank you to the @49ers for allowing me to wear red and gold for the last 2 seasons. It didn't go the way we wanted it to but I'm thankful for the relationships I was able to build. I had a great time in the locker room with my teammates and equipment staff. I'd like to apologize to the fans because you didn't get to see me at my best. Regardless of what other may think, I believe the 49ers organization is first class and is heading in the right direction. I would like to say thanks to my man Dan...Bob..and all of the PR staff for showing love to my family. Furgie, the training staff and doctors for taking care of me. The community relations team is arguably the best in the country! I appreciate you all for allowing us to be a part of it and I will continue to support any way I can...it's a million other folks I need to thank...from Hannah to Joanne..T Lloyd and Lil Kym...but I don't have enough time. Jed keep up the great work I know how important it is to you to succeed. All the best to my boys and the new regime. One final shoutout to the janitors and the chef's y'all were always great to me. Good luck next year. Stay Blessed!!!

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Smith signed a big five-year deal two offseasons ago, but his time in San Francisco was disappointing. He caught just 53 passes for 930 yards and seven touchdowns -- numbers that barely matched his production in 2014 alone.

The 49ers will save $4.8 million in cap space by releasing Smith just two years into his $40 million deal.