The Cowboys acquire quarterback Trey Lance from the Niners in exchange for a fourth-round pick.


Trey Lance, a quarterback, has been acquired by the Dallas Cowboys from the San Francisco 49ers, according to NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport on Friday.

Tom Pelissero of NFL Network Insider claims that the 49ers will trade for Lance in exchange for a 2024 fourth-round pick.

Following the declaration that Sam Darnold had won the fight for the backup quarterback position, the Niners confirmed earlier this week that Lance would be the team’s third quarterback on the depth chart, behind Brock Purdy and Sam Darnold. The Niners had traded three first-round picks to Miami for the third overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, enabling them to select Lance.

“Really hard day, such a wonderful young man,” said 49ers general manager John Lynch during the broadcast of San Francisco’s preseason game on Friday.We gambled, but it didn’t work out. Ours is that. We take full responsibility for it. But just as I think you all do, I think his story is still mostly untold. I want Trey, I want him. Dallas took action and demonstrated how badly he desired him in response to their pursuit. And I think it will be a great place for him to land. Trey and I both put a lot of effort into making things work, so it wasn’t for lack of trying, as everyone should know. Once circumstances gained control, he suffered from injuries, but this team is ready to win. The quarterback’s room is fun for us. We adore Brock Purdy, Brandon Allen, and Sam Darnold. We so send Trey our warmest wishes for success in Dallas. That young man’s integrity and work ethic will continue to inspire us, and we will be concerned for him constantly.

Kyle Shanahan, the head coach, stated his ongoing confidence following the announcement that the young quarterback may thrive “with us or someone else in the future.” The Niners were more interested in Lance than they had anticipated, according to Shanahan on Friday, because he wanted to have a chance to be a No. 2 someplace.

After the game on Friday, Shanahan informed the media, “He told us that he would like another chance to go somewhere where he had a chance to be the No. 2.” “There were other teams competing, and we believed we received some strong bids for him. The fourth was easier to obtain than we had thought, which frees up a lot of money and improves his situation as well.

According to NFL Research, Lance featured in just eight games over the course of two seasons for the 49ers, the fewest games by a top-five pick for the team he made his debut with since the start of the common draft era in 1967.

Lance will now start over in Dallas.

San Francisco will only be able to recoup a small percentage of the value it lost to Miami by trading the player who was meant to be the franchise’s future to Dallas.

Lance had a limited number of starts for the Niners because of injuries. He broke his finger and damaged his knee during his rookie season. He fractured his ankle two games into the 2022 campaign, causing him to miss the full year and paving the way for current starter Purdy to take over.

Lance exits the Bay Area with 797 throwing yards, five touchdowns, and three interceptions after finishing 2-2 overall as a starter. His participation in the Niners’ preseason finale versus the Los Angeles Chargers was initially anticipated.

Given that Lance’s future plans have been determined, the question is now how he will fit into the Cowboys’ present depth chart. Cooper Rush and Will Grier are Dak Prescott’s backups in Dallas, where he is still the team’s starting quarterback. Rapoport claims that although Lance will begin the season as the team’s backup quarterback, he has the potential to be more. Lance, who is still only 23 years old, has a new team that is prepared to make a low-risk wager on the prospect that he might develop into more than simply a regular player.

Rapoport claims that over the next two seasons, he will be paid $6.25 million in fully guaranteed sums, with the Cowboys still having the option to have him sign a fifth-year extension if necessary.

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