NFL Grade: Steelers Acquire Vance McDonald From San Francisco 49ers

The Pittsburgh Steelers have acquired tight end Vance McDonald from the San Francisco 49ers and a 5th round pick in 2018 in exchange for a fourth round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft.

The Pittsburgh Steelers tight end game has been weak in recent seasons as they invested time in Ladarius Green but concussion issues played the role of his below average performance with the team. The Pittsburgh Steelers then turned their focus to Jesse James who stepped up in a big way last season as he caught 39 receptions for 338 yards and 3 touchdowns. You can always beef up the position and that is what the Steelers did by acquiring Vance McDonald.

Vance McDonald, 27, will be entering his 2nd-year of what is one of the most shocking contracts ever given to an average tight end in the league (5-year, $35 million dollars, $16 million guaranteed). Vance McDonald’s name has been linked to trade rumors this past offseason and with it taking until the last week of the preseason the Niners likely lowered their offer and got his overpaid contract off their hands. Vance McDonald will join the Steelers where he will compete for reps with Jesse James and with this trade coming late and with the start of the season being next week, I expect Jesse James to get the bulk of starting reps but McDonald should come through by week 2 or week 3 and compete for more reps.

Final Grades: Steelers: B+ | 49ers: B

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