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The San Francisco 49ers announced on Tuesday that they have traded tight end Vance McDonald to the Pittsburgh Steelers in exchange for an undisclosed draft choice. McDonald must pass a physical for the trade to be executed.
"We would like to thank Vance for his contributions to this organization on the field and in the community over the last four seasons," said 49ers General Manager John Lynch. "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."
McDonald (6-4, 267) was originally drafted by the 49ers in the second round (55th overall) of the 2013 NFL Draft. In four seasons with San Francisco (2013-16), he appeared in 48 games (30 starts) and registered 64 receptions for 866 yards (13.5 average) and seven touchdowns. He also saw action in three postseason contests (one start).
McDonald was also one of the 49ers most active members in the community, being named a co-recipient of the 49ers Community Service Family Award in consecutive seasons (2015-16) with his wife Kendi. From mission trips in Haiti and Nicaragua, to holiday and military events, McDonald has used his NFL platform to help as many people as possible. McDonald has also worked extensively with "Convoy of Hope," a faith-based, nonprofit organization with a driving passion to feed the world through children's feeding initiatives, community outreaches and disaster response.
A 27-year-old native of Winnie, TX, McDonald attended Rice University.