Report: Steelers trading for Seahawks TE Nick Vannett in wake of Vance McDonald injury

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The Pittsburgh Steelers are finalizing a trade with the Seattle Seahawks for tight end Nick Vannett, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports.

NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reports that the Steelers are giving up a fifth-round pick in the 2020 NFL draft in the deal.

Starting Steelers tight end Vance McDonald left Sunday’s loss to the San Francisco 49ers with a shoulder injury and was seen at Steelers facilities on Tuesday with his arm in a sling.

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McDonald reportedly dealing with shoulder sprain

NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reports that McDonald suffered a shoulder sprain and isn’t expected to miss significant time. Any absence would be another blow to an already hobbled Steelers offense missing starting quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.

An injury to Vance McDonald prompted the Steelers to make a move at tight end. (Getty)
An injury to Vance McDonald prompted the Steelers to make a move at tight end. (Getty)

McDonald is the clear top tight end option in Pittsburgh and provided a safety valve for Mason Rudolph, who’s seeing his first NFL action at quarterback after Roethlisberger’s season-ending elbow injury.

He tallied 10 catches for 88 yards and a pair of touchdowns this season before leaving early in Sunday’s Week 3 loss. In 15 games last season, he caught 50 passes for 610 yards and four touchdowns.

Vannett, a fourth-year veteran, tallied 29 catches for 269 yards and three touchdowns last season, his most productive as a pro. He has four catches for 38 yards this season.

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