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Vernon Davis traded to Broncos for draft picks, per report

The San Francisco 49ers have traded tight end Vernon Davis to the Denver Broncos, according to Adam Scheffer of ESPN

The Niners will receive two sixth-round draft picks, one in 2016 and another in 2017, in exchange for the veteran Pro Bowler. San Francisco will send its 2016 seventh round selection in the deal. 

The move is surprising, considering the infrequency of trades during the NFL season. 

However, it’s not shocking considering the 2-6 49ers are well out of contention while the Broncos appear to be one of the best teams in the AFC. The one area where the team has struggled has been at the tight end spot, where quarterback Peyton Manning has only managed 22 catches for 228 yards and one touchdown through seven games to Denver’s tight ends. 

Davis has struggled as well, collecting 18 receptions for 194 yards and zero touchdowns. Most of his lack of production, however, can be attributed to the abysmal play of quarterback Colin Kaepernick

Given the move, Denver clearly feels that Davis can still produce at some fraction of what made him a Pro Bowl selectee in both 2009 and 2013. With blazing speed and great size, he can be a great asset to Manning as Denver makes its run into the AFC playoffs. 

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Michael C. Jones is the managing editor and founder of Sports Out West and a Southern California-based sports journalist. His credits include Yahoo Sports and Bleacher Report, among others.
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