The San Francisco 49ers have traded tight end Vance McDonald and a fifth-round pick in next year’s draft to the Pittsburgh Steelers in exchange for a fourth-round pick, the teams announced Tuesday.
McDonald, who signed a three-year, $19.7 million contract extension with the Niners in December, had career highs in receiving yards (391), yards per reception (16.29) and touchdowns (four) in 11 games last season before suffering a shoulder injury.
The acquisition reinforces the Steelers’ need for playmaking at tight end since Heath Miller retired in 2016. Last year’s experiment with Ladarius Green didn’t pan out. Jesse James and Xavier Grimble, despite showing flashes, were inconsistent catching passes in training camp.
Ben Roethlisberger likes to target tight ends in scoring range, particularly on back-shoulder
Article source: http://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/20496695/pittsburgh-steelers-acquire-te-vance-mcdonald-trade-san-francisco-49ers
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