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Vance McDonald | Tight End | #89

Team: San Francisco 49ers
Age / DOB:  (27) / 6/13/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 267
College: Rice
Drafted: 2013 / Rd. 2 (55) / SF
Contract: view contract details

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The San Francisco Chronicle's Eric Branch writes "it wouldn’t be a surprise" if 49ers TE Vance McDonald does not make the final roster.
The 49ers openly attempted to trade McDonald during the draft, but cutting him for nothing is another story, one which would cost the 49ers cap space this year or leave dead money in 2018 depending on how the move is designated. It is still unclear why outgoing-GM Trent Baalke was allowed to give McDonald a five-year, $35-million extension last December, and it looks like the 49ers will have to eat some money to reverse that poor decision. May 22 - 11:59 AM

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49ers GM John Lynch admitted the team was shopping TE Vance McDonald during the draft.

"That’s the reality of new regimes coming in, new schemes," Lynch said. "Nothing ended up happening, so Vance will come back and have an opportunity to compete." It always seemed odd ex-GM Trent Baalke was allowed to give McDonald a five-year, $35-million extension last December when it was clear he was on the way out, and now it looks like the new regime is stuck. It would cost San Francisco a little over $3.5 million against the cap to cut McDonald.
Apr 29 - 7:29 PM

The 49ers are shopping TE Vance McDonald.

A carryover from ex-GM Trent Baalke, McDonald is one season into a five-year, $35 million extension. There's unlikely to be any interest in him as a middling veteran coming off injury. The 49ers owe McDonald $5.8 million guaranteed over the next two seasons.
Apr 28 - 6:04 PM

49ers placed TE Vance McDonald on injured reserve with a shoulder injury, ending his season.

McDonald suffered the year-ending injury literally one day after signing a five-year, $35 million extension. An athletic mismatch with some blocking ability but inconsistent hands, McDonald's outlook in Dynasty leagues is entirely contingent on where the 49ers' leadership heads and who they choose at quarterback.
Mon, Dec 12, 2016 05:21:00 PM

Vance McDonald is done for the remainder of Week 14 with a shoulder injury.

The injury occurred in the second quarter and McDonald did not come out for the second half. McDonald signed a five-year, $35 million extension on Saturday.
Sun, Dec 11, 2016 05:52:00 PM

Vance McDonald left Sunday's Week 14 game against the Jets with a shoulder injury.

He came off holding his arm after a long Carlos Hyde run. McDonald has been the 49ers' only reliable pass catcher and just signed a five-year, $35 million extension over the weekend.
Sun, Dec 11, 2016 05:11:00 PM

49ers signed TE Vance McDonald to a five-year, $35 million extension with $16 million guaranteed.

The deal locks up McDonald through 2021. Turning 27 next June, McDonald has enjoyed a mini-breakout season in Chip Kelly's offense, parlaying 24 catches into 391 yards with four touchdowns and averaging 16.3 yards per reception. Long prone to dropped passes, McDonald has dropped only three balls this year and has always possessed adequate blocking ability. McDonald played a season-high 91 percent of the 49ers' snaps in Week 13.
Fri, Dec 9, 2016 09:27:00 PM

Vance McDonald caught 2-of-4 targets for nine yards in Week 13.

The four targets were a team high. McDonald had at least 50 yards or a touchdown in four straight games going into Sunday. He was in a bad spot due to the conditions at Soldier Field. McDonald is a TE2 for Week 14 against the Jets.
Sun, Dec 4, 2016 05:30:00 PM

Vance McDonald caught 4-of-8 targets for 60 yards in the 49ers' Week 12 loss to the Dolphins.

McDonald led the 49ers in targets and yards, but also lost three targets to Garrett Celek, who lost a fumble. McDonald is an important playmaker for Chip Kelly's offense, but it isn't translating to more than low-end TE2 value in fantasy leagues.
Sun, Nov 27, 2016 06:37:00 PM

Vance McDonald pulled in three-of-six targets for 46 yards and a touchdown Sunday in the 49ers' Week 11 loss to the Patriots.

McDonald notched his fourth touchdown of the year on an 18-yard strike from Colin Kaepernick with just under five minutes remaining in the second quarter. He did a nice job of creating separation from Devin McCourty on the play. He added two more catches after halftime including a 24-yarder for his longest gain midway through the third quarter. He’ll be a touchdown-or-bust streamer against the Dolphins in Week 12.
Sun, Nov 20, 2016 09:09:00 PM

Vance McDonald caught 4-of-6 targets for 50 yards in the 49ers' Week 10 loss to the Cardinals.

McDonald has now seen six targets in each of the past three games, which at least puts him on the fantasy radar at such a shallow position. He'll be in a stream-able spot next week at home against the Patriots' soft defense.
Sun, Nov 13, 2016 08:10:00 PM

Vance McDonald snagged three-of-six targets for 84 yards and a touchdown Sunday in the 49ers' Week 9 loss to the Saints.

McDonald was left wide open for a 65-yard touchdown in the second quarter but was held in check otherwise. Somehow that catch wasn’t his longest of the season. Trusting McDonald in fantasy is obviously a fool’s errand. Including Sunday’s game, he’s seen just 21 targets over six games this year. He won’t be a streaming option against the Cardinals in Week 10.
Sun, Nov 6, 2016 08:57:00 PM

Vance McDonald caught 1-of-6 targets for 24 yards in the 49ers' Week 7 loss to the Buccaneers.

McDonald rotates with Garrett Celek and lacks fantasy value with Colin Kaepernick under center. His yardage totals are 25 and 24 through two Kap starts.
Sun, Oct 23, 2016 08:09:00 PM

Vance McDonald (hip) is practicing fully for Week 7.

McDonald missed time with a hip issue earlier this year but looked healthy in his return Sunday against Buffalo. He belongs on the waiver wire.
Wed, Oct 19, 2016 06:05:00 PM

Vance McDonald caught 2-of-2 targets for 25 yards in the 49ers' Week 6 loss to the Bills.

That line is a good weekly expectation for McDonald in the 49ers' tight end rotation. He's not a legitimate TE2.
Sun, Oct 16, 2016 05:53:00 PM

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