McDonald (shoulder) could face competition from Garrett Celek, Blake Bell and free-agent addition Logan Paulsen, ESPN.com reports. McDonald signed a five-year, $35 million extension in December, but he promptly suffered a broken scapula, and the 49ers then underwent a regime change. While the hefty contract still provides clear incentive to use McDonald in a key role, it didn't prevent the team from signing both Paulsen and fullback/H-Back Kyle Juszczyk. It's quickly become clear the team's new leadership isn't pleased with the holdover personnel, as the Niners also added wideouts Pierre Garcon, Marquise Goodwin and Aldrick Robinson -- opting for quantity rather than big-name signings in free agency. McDonald is still the favorite to serve as the top pass-catching tight end, but between the shoulder injury and the organizational changes, his outlook is unquestionably murky. On the bright side, San Francisco also added QB Brian Hoyer, who should be an upgrade on last year's hideous duo of Blaine Gabbert and Colin Kaepernick. The Niners might still add another veteran signal-caller or use a high draft pick on the position.
McDonald was placed on injured reserve Monday due to a broken scapula, Cam Inman of the Bay Area News Group reports. The turn in fortunes was sudden for McDonald. Last Friday, the 49ers signed the tight end to a five-year, $35 million extension. Then, in his first appearance after putting pen to paper, he lasted 17 snaps Sunday versus the Jets before sustaining the season-ending injury. With three games remaining on the 2016 slate, head coach Chip Kelly is left with the tight end duo of Garrett Celek and Blake Bell.
The 49ers have placed McDonald (shoulder) on IR. McDonald started 11 games this season, en route to recording 24 receptions for a career-high 391 receiving yards. Having signed a five year, $35 million contract extension with the 49ers on Friday, McDonald will be back with the team in 2017. Down the stretch, however, Garrett Celek and Blake Bell will handle the squad's tight end duties.
McDonald suffered a shoulder injury Sunday against the Jets and won't return, Matt Maiocco of CSN Bay Area reports. Two days removed from inking a five-year, $35 million extension with the 49ers, McDonald's day concludes without a catch to his name. Garrett Celek and Blake Bell will handle tight end for the remainder of the contest.
McDonald signed a five year, $35 million contract extension with the 49ers on Friday, Cam Inman of the Mercury News reports. McDonald "has shown consistent growth throughout his four-year career and his production this season in the result of his dedication and hard work," said general manager Trent Baalke. The tight end's new deal includes $16 million in guaranteed money. Through 10 games so far this season, McDonald has recorded 24 receptions on 45 targets for 391 yards and four touchdowns.
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