Steelers trade for Seahawks tight end Nick Vannett |

Steelers trade for Seahawks tight end Nick Vannett

Chris Adamski
The Steelers reportedly acquired tight end Nick Vannett from the Seattle Seahawks for a 2020 fifth-round pick. Seattle Seahawks tight end Nick Vannett, left, dives past Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Charvarius Ward, right, for a touchdown during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 23, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

The Pittsburgh Steelers acquired tight end Nick Vannett from the Seattle Seahawks on Wednesday, sending a 2020 fifth-round draft pick to Seattle in return for the four-year veteran.

In a move that signals Vance McDonald’s shoulder injury could keep him out of future games, the Steelers added to a depleted position. A former third-round pick out of Ohio State, Vannett has 48 receptions for 463 yards and four touchdowns in 42 career NFL games.

The Steelers broke camp with only three tight ends on their 53-man roster: McDonald, Xavier Grimble and rookie Zach Gentry. McDonald left Sunday’s loss at the San Francisco 49ers because of a shoulder injury. Gentry made his NFL regular-season debut during that game.

The 6-foot-6, 261-pound Vannett is in the final year of his rookie contract and is making $736,000 this season (per

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Chris Adamski is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Chris by email at [email protected] or via Twitter .

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