ESPN's Adam Schefter tweeted that Bill Belichick shipped lineman Jordan Devey to San Francisco in exchange for tight end Asante Cleveland. We would've been just fine with Belichick picking up some ankle tape or a few extra cones for Devey, but the fact that he got an actual living player in return for Devey is one of his best moves this offseason.
The former tuba player-turned professional football player was a lightning rod for fans last season due to his inability to play professional football. Devey was a turnstyle at the guard position and was the poster child for the line problems the team experienced through the first month of last season.
As for who they got for Devey, the 23-year-old Cleveland went undrafted out of Miami last year and suited up in just six games for the Niners, failing to catch a single ball for his work. He wasn't much of a producer at Miami, either, as he caught just 14 balls for 151 yards and one touchdown in four seasons as a 'Cane. Doug Kyed of NESN gives us the skinny on his measurables and combine numbers:
Cleveland ran a 4.88-second 40-yard dash at his pro day last April, with a 7.33-second three-cone, 4.45-second short shuttle, 9-foot, 8-inch broad jump and 32.5-inch vertical leap.
There's no shortage at all at the position, as Cleveland will be stepping into a group that has Rob Gronkowski, Scott Chandler, Jake Bequette, Michael Hoomanawanui, Jimmy Mundine and Logan Stokes already on the roster.
But again, Jordan Devey isn't on the team anymore, and that's reason enough to rejoice.
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