The 49ers signed tight end Vance McDonald to a five-year contract extension through the 2021 season, the team announced late Friday.
The deal is worth $35 million, including $16 million in guaranteed money, ESPN reported. The actual contract terms and amount of fully guaranteed money is expected to be less than the reported figures.
Said 49ers coach Chip Kelly, "He’s one of our weapons on the offensive side of the ball and he runs better than most tight ends in this league. So really depends on week to week what people have available at the safety spot to kind of match up with him. But he’s certainly someone that I think people defensively have to game plan for.”
McDonald ranks third on the 49ers with 24 catches for 391 yards and four touchdowns. He has touchdown receptions this season of 75 and 65 yards. In McDonald’s three previous seasons, he caught just 40 passes for 475 yards and three touchdowns. McDonald is mostly a TE2 option in fantasy. He recently put together a pretty nice stretch of games before last week's 2-9-0 performance - which was in the snow. Before that, in his last four games, he had 50 or more receiving yards with two TDs in the four-game span. Kelly does utilize the TE so McDonald is perhaps a player to watch at the position.