Trey Lance Traded to Dallas

The San Francisco 49ers have decided to give up on the Trey Lance experiment, as they have now traded the 23-year-old QB to Dallas. ESPN’s Adam Schefter was the first to report the news:

The Cowboys acquiring the former North Dakota State product adds to a depth chart that currently includes Dak Prescott and Cooper Rush. The trade comes after the 49ers named Sam Darnold to be their backup to Brock Purdy. Brandon Allen will now fill the third QB spot for San Francisco.

Dallas desperately needed a new backup. While Rush has a winning record as quarterback in spot duty. Last season, he mustered a 58% completion rate with five touchdowns and three interceptions in five starts. Bringing in Trey Lance as the No. 2 or No. 3 on the depth chart makes a lot of sense for Dallas. He also presents a long-term option if and when Dallas decides they don’t want to pay Prescott anymore.

On the flip side, the Niners are saving some money. Trading away Lance will take $940,000 off the cap in 2023 and will save them $5,310,717 during the 2024 season. The wound had already been stabbed. Lance has shown that he isn’t ready and the 49ers drafted his replacement in Purdy during the 2022 NFL Draft. The 49ers then kept Lance on the roster. Then, less than 48 hours ago, the team announced that Darnold would back up Purdy. At that point, there was no reason for San Francisco to keep Lance. Will Trey Lance fare better with Mike McCarthy in Dallas than he did with Kyle Shanahan in San Francisco?

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