The San Francisco 49ers have made a significant move by trading quarterback Trey Lance to the Dallas Cowboys, according to NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport’s report on Friday.
As part of the deal, the 49ers will receive a 2024 fourth-round draft pick from the Cowboys, as confirmed by NFL Network Insider Tom Pelissero.
This transaction marks a significant development for the 49ers, who had invested heavily in Lance when they traded three first-round picks to the Miami Dolphins to secure the No. 3 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, selecting him.
However, earlier this week, the 49ers announced that Lance would occupy the third spot on their quarterback depth chart behind Brock Purdy and Sam Darnold, with Darnold securing the backup role.
General manager John Lynch expressed his feelings about the trade during San Francisco’s preseason game broadcast, describing it as a tough day but highlighting Trey Lance’s talent. He acknowledged that circumstances, including injuries, played a role in this decision. Lynch also expressed excitement about Lance’s future with the Cowboys.
Head coach Kyle Shanahan expressed his belief in Lance’s potential for future success, either with the 49ers or another team.
Trey Lance’s time with the 49ers was marked by limited opportunities, partly due to injuries. He had a challenging start, dealing with a finger fracture and a knee sprain in his debut season. In 2022, he suffered an ankle injury that ended his season prematurely. These setbacks provided opportunities for Brock Purdy to step in as the current starting quarterback.
Lance’s record as a starter for the Niners stands at 2-2, with 797 passing yards, five touchdowns, and three interceptions during his tenure in the Bay Area.
Now, Trey Lance embarks on a fresh start with the Dallas Cowboys. His role in the Cowboys’ quarterback depth chart is expected to be as the third-string quarterback behind Dak Prescott, Cooper Rush, and Will Grier, with the potential for further development. At just 23 years old, Lance remains a promising talent, and the Cowboys are taking a calculated risk by acquiring him. He is set to earn $6.25 million fully guaranteed over the next two seasons, with the possibility of a fifth-year option in the future.