Trey Lance Traded to Dallas Cowboys After Losing Backup QB Battl
In a surprising turn of events, the San Francisco 49ers have traded their young quarterback, Trey Lance, to the Dallas Cowboys, according to a report from NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport on Friday.
In exchange for Lance, the 49ers will receive a 2024 fourth-round pick, a deal confirmed by NFL Network Insider Tom Pelissero.
This trade marks a significant shift in the trajectory of Lance’s career. The 49ers had invested heavily in him, trading three first-round picks to move up and select him as the third overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.
However, earlier this week, the 49ers announced that Lance would be relegated to the third spot on their quarterback depth chart, behind Brock Purdy and Sam Darnold, after Darnold secured the backup role.
49ers general manager John Lynch expressed mixed emotions about the trade, saying, “Really hard day, such a wonderful young man.
We took a shot, but it didn’t quite pan out as we had hoped. We gave it our all, but unfortunately, it didn’t lead to the success we had envisioned. It’s important for us to acknowledge that this falls on our shoulders, and we fully embrace that responsibility.”
General manager John Lynch didn’t shy away from recognizing that Trey Lance’s journey with the 49ers had faced challenges, primarily due to injuries.
However, amidst these setbacks, he remains hopeful about Lance’s prospects in his new home with the Dallas Cowboys.
“Undoubtedly, injuries played a role in Trey’s journey with us,” Lynch stated. “But let’s not forget, his story is far from over.
We’re genuinely excited about Trey’s future in Dallas. They’ve shown a strong interest in him, and we believe it could be a great fit.”
This trade signifies a significant shift in the trajectory of Lance’s young career, and as he embarks on this new adventure, all eyes will be on him to see how he thrives in Dallas.
Head coach Kyle Shanahan echoed this sentiment, stating that he believed Lance could find success in the NFL, either with the 49ers or another team down the road.
Lance had expressed a desire to be a second-string quarterback elsewhere, and the 49ers found unexpected interest in his services.
Lance’s time with the 49ers was marked by limited opportunities, largely due to injuries. He suffered a finger injury and a knee sprain in his rookie season and then broke his ankle early in the 2022 season, sidelining him for the year.
These setbacks paved the way for Brock Purdy to assume the role of the current starting quarterback.
In his time with the 49ers, Lance started just four games, finishing with 797 passing yards, five touchdowns, and three interceptions. His departure represents a significant shift in the team’s plans, as he was once seen as the future of the franchise.
With the trade to Dallas, the question now turns to how Lance will fit into the Cowboys’ existing quarterback depth chart. Dak Prescott remains the starter, with Cooper Rush and Will Grier serving as backups.
Lance is expected to assume the role of the third-string signal-caller, with the potential to develop further. At only 23 years old, Lance still has plenty of time to grow as a player.
It’s worth noting that Lance will be due $6.25 million in guaranteed money over the next two seasons, with the Cowboys retaining the option for a fifth year.
This trade represents a calculated gamble by Dallas, as they hope to harness the potential that was once associated with Trey Lance.
As Lance embarks on this new chapter of his NFL career, football fans will be watching closely to see how he adapts to his role in Dallas and whether he can fulfill the promise that led the 49ers to draft him so high in 2021.
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