The San Francisco 49ers traded tight end
Asante Cleveland to the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots
for offensive lineman Jordan Devey on Tuesday, a person with direct
knowledge of the move said.

The trade still needed to be finalized through the NFL and the
players were expected to take physicals once they made their
cross-country flights to their new teams, which could complete the
deal as soon as Wednesday. The person spoke on condition of
anonymity Tuesday because it hadn't been formalized.

San Francisco had an excess of tight ends, led by veteran Vernon
Davis. The 23-year-old Cleveland, an undrafted free agent out of
Miami last year, spent most of 2014 on the Niners' practice squad
before being promoted to the active roster Nov. 27.

New England has Rob Gronkowski but has never really found a
replacement for Aaron Hernandez, who was convicted in April for the
murder of Odin Lloyd.

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