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Niners sign tight end Vance McDonald to extension

Vance McDonald just got an early Christmas present.

The 49ers have signed the tight end to a five-year extension through the 2021 season. The new deal is worth $35 million, a source informed told NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport.

"Vance has shown consistent growth throughout his four-year career and his production this season is the result of his dedication and hard work," 49ers general manager Trent Baalke said in a statement. "We believe he has only scratched the surface of what he will be able to accomplish in his career."

McDonald is in the midst of a career-best season, already racking up highs in yards (391) and touchdowns (4) through 10 games played. He's averaging 16.3 yards per catch, the 10th-highest mark in the league and is only behind Rob Gronkowski in the metric amongst all tight ends. The former second-round pick started to hit his stride with the offense after the team traded Vernon Davis last year.

He is the third player from San Francisco's 2013 draft class to receive an extension, following the footsteps of defensive linemen Quinton Dial and Tank Carradine.

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