- Adam Schefter confirms the report and adds that the Patriots are sending OL Jordan Devey to the 49ers in return for Cleveland.
Maiocco just mentioned that NFL teams had been in contact with the 49ers regarding some of their backup tight ends, with Derek Carrier also among the players drawing interest.
Many suspected that the Redskins could be in the trade market for a tight end after they lost Niles Paul and Logan Paulsen for their season, but it appears as though the Patriots made San Francisco an appealing offer.
Clevenand, 23, still has two years remaining on his three-year, $1.53 million rookie contract and stands to make base salaries of $510,000 and $600,000 over the next two years. He’ll be a restricted free agent in 2017.
According to OverTheCap.com, trading Cleveland will free up $510,000 in cap space while creating no dead money for the 49ers.
In 2014, Cleveland appeared in six games for San Francisco, but didn’t record a single statistic.
Devey, 27, originally signed on with the Ravens as an undrafted free agent out of Memphis back in 2013. He was unable to make the team’s 53-man roster coming out of the preseason, but later signed on to the Patriots’ practice squad before receiving a future/reserve contract from New England in January.
Last year, Devey appeared seven games for the Patriots.