Matt Maiocco

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UPDATE (1 p.m. on Thursday) -- The 49ers officially announced that they have released wide receiver Stevie Johnson.

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SANTA CLARA -- Wide receiver Torrey Smith was already verbally committed to sign with the 49ers when he heard the report late Sunday night that quarterback Colin Kaepernick was on the trade block.

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SANTA CLARA -- Anquan Boldin, Michael Crabtree and Stevie Johnson, the 49ers’ top three wide receivers last season, are all similar in style.

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Running back Frank Gore chose the team that offered him a multi-year contract, more money and -- perhaps most important -- the team that has the best chance of winning a February game at Levi’s St

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Wide receiver Torrey Smith appears to be exactly what the 49ers need right now.

Oh, yeah, he can provide the offense with a deep threat, too.

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