San Francisco 49ers trade Vance McDonald to Pittsburgh

San Francisco 49ers trade Vance McDonald to Pittsburgh

Last season, the 27-year-old was performing well and in December signed an extension deal.

The Steelers have yet to find a permanent replacement at tight end since Heath Miller's retirement following the 2015 season, and will look for McDonald to pick up offensive coordinator Todd Haley's system quickly.

Coach Mike Tomlin, who recalls liking McDonald's skill set coming out of Rice in 2013, has made clear his tight end crop needed an infusion of competition.

"The guys haven't been consistently varsity enough for our comfort", Tomlin said.

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It was later revealed that the Steelers also received a fifth-round pick from San Francisco and sent a fourth-round selection back to the 49ers.

Though the Niners will be thrilled to have got McDonald's off the books, the main significance of this trade is that it all but guarantees rookie George Kittle will have a significant role in the offense. Pittsburgh released Ladarius Green in March, leaving a group that includes Jesse James, Xavier Grimble and David Johnson. Blake Bell and undrafted rookie Cole Hikutini are the 49ers' other tight ends. He posted 24 receptions for 391 yards and four touchdowns in 11 games before he was sidelined with a shoulder injury during the 2016 season. James learned about the trade early Tuesday and acknowledged it caught him by surprise, later adding he would do what he could to help McDonald adjust while reiterating he considers himself the starter. The Steelers open the regular season September 10 at Cleveland. We're going to put him in uniform and allow them to sort themselves out.

"We will give him work, how he responds to that will be how we proceed", Tomlin said. "How much he is able to handle, how long that process is, is up to him".

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