49ers Trade Vance McDonald, Draft Pick To Steelers For 4th-Round Pick

The San Francisco 49ers have traded tight end Vance McDonald and a fifth-round pick to the Pittsburgh Steelers for a fourth-round pick, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

McDonald was expected to start for the 49ers, but they have depth at the position behind him. 2017 fifth-round pick George Kittle figures to now take over the starting job with veterans Logan Paulsen and Garrett Celek behind him.

San Francisco signed McDonald to a five-year, $35 million extension in December. However, they started shopping him in April prior to the NFL Draft.

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The Steelers have been looking for a starting-caliber tight end ever since Heath Miller retired following the 2015 season. McDonald should take over that role from Jesse James.

The 27-year-old recorded 24 catches for 391 yards and four touchdowns in 11 games last season.

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