49ers trading TE Vance McDonald and a fifth-round pick to the Steelers for a fourth-round pick, per sources. Steelers upgrade TE.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 29, 2017
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.Back to the San Francisco 49ers Newsfeed