Report: 49ers want to trade TE Vance McDonald

On December 9, the 49ers signed tight end Vance McDonald to a five-year contract extension. Now, they want to trade him, according to Michael Lombardi.

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New head coach Kyle Shanahan must not have liked what he saw from McDonald during the two practices this week. Shanahan is a stickler about route-running, and McDonald is not a good route runner.

Which tight end do you think the 49ers will get to replace Vance McDonald? Do you think they want Gary Barnidge, whom the Cleveland Browns released today? Barnidge played for Shanahan in 2014.

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  1. What I like about KS is that he knows exactly what he wants for his system. He can tell whether the players have it or not and then he and Lynch will go and get them.

  2. What I like about KS is that he knows exactly what he wants for his system. He can tell whether the players have it or not and then he and Lynch will go and get them.

  3. Hands of Stone. Notorious for dropping the big one Yep, good trade, get it done, trade back into the 2nd for a bona fide DB . .

  4. I can’t understand Kyle Shanahan’s thinking. Vance McDonald only had moments here and there but was way too inconsistent. They do need to upgrade at tight end.

      1. So, Barnidge getting cut yesterday was strange. The guy the Browns drafted has worse hands than McDonald (11+% drops in college) and can’t block. I mean, he’s a down-grade over Barnidge in reliability and reliability is what you need in a TE.

        A TE with good hands is a QBs best friend. And Barnidge has good hands. He’s not a home run threat. But when the balls on the ground, or worse the stone hands reciever doinks it up for a INT, all that ‘big play’ potential goes for naught.

  5. McDonald is a very good blocking tight end and his hands improved last year. I guess I’m surprised, but far be it from me to question Shanahan. If he wants him gone, he’s gone.

  6. I’m a little surprised at this since KS used a lot of multiple TE sets at Atlanta. I know he brought in one of his guys as a blocking TE, but I’d expected him to keep but not feature VMac as part of the herd.
    Neither he nor Lynch consulted me on this.

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