The 49ers have found a taker for tight end Vance McDonald as they have traded him to Pittsburgh, the team announced Tuesday.
The 49ers dealt McDonald and a fifth-round pick to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Tuesday morning in exchange for a fourth-round pick, a league source confirmed to NBC Sports Bay Area.
Terms of the deal was first reported by ESPN.
The trade ends McDonald's four-year run with the 49ers. In December, he signed a five-year extension to stay in San Francisco.
First-year 49ers GM issued the following statement regarding the trade:
“We would like to thank Vance for his contributions to this organization on the field and in the community over the last four seasons. 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."
Last season, McDonald caught 24 passes in 11 games for 391 yards and four touchdowns.
With McDonald now out of the picture, the 49ers' tight ends appear to be Garrett Celek, George Kittle and Logan Paulsen.
The 49ers drafted McDonald in the second round of the 2013 NFL Draft.