The San Francisco 49ers have traded tight end Vance McDonald and a fifth-round pick to the Pittsburgh Steelers in return for a fourth-round pick, according to Adam Schefter.
Here’s a statement from G.M. John Lynch: “We would like to thank Vance for his contributions to this organization on the field and in the community over the last four seasons. Although I have only known Vance for a short time, I quickly learned that he and his wife, Kendi, have been tremendous representatives for the team in the community and their service to others is quite commendable. We wish the McDonald family all the best as they move on to a new opportunity in Pittsburgh.”
The 49ers had been playing McDonald with the starters and praising him for his blocking throughout the preseason. I never believed the hype. I believed the 49ers were showcasing McDonald for a trade, and clearly they were.
Rookie tight end George Kittle is in line to replace Vance McDonald as the starting tight end. Expect Kittle to catch more than 50 passes this season.