The Denver Broncos have bolstered their Super Bowl chances mightily with the addition of now ex- San Francisco 49ers tight end Vernon Davis. The news was first reported by ESPN's Adam Schefter.
The San Francisco 49ers are trading Vernon Davis and a 2016 seventh-round pick to Denver for a sixth in 2016 and a sixth in 2017.
The deal makes sense for both sides involved. San Francisco can aid their rebuild for the future with draft picks, while Denver fills the void left at tight end when Julius Thomas bolted to Jacksonville in free agency.
So far this season, the Broncos have used Owen Daniels and Virgil Green at tight end, but none of those players provided the spark that Denver was looking for.
Davis was in the final year of his contract and was unlikely to re-sign with the Niners at seasons end. For the Broncos, this is a great move as they acquire a veteran tight end to add to an already explosive offense that features Peyton Manning as quarterback and receivers Demariyus Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders. This trade will help the Broncos in their ultimate goal of winning Super Bowl 50 in Davis' former home field, Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, CA.
The 10-year veteran has been a consistent contributor on a very inconsistent 49ers offense. Davis has 441 career catches for 5,640 yards and 55 touchdowns.
This season has been a down year for Davis, who has just 18 catches for 194 yards and no touchdowns. This move to Denver will likely help him improve on his low 2015 numbers thus far.
After this trade, the 7-0 Denver Broncos, led by their stud defensive unit, are in a prime position to unseat the reigning Super Champion New England Patriots in the AFC and play in Super Bowl 50.