SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — The San Francisco 49ers have traded quarterback Trey Lance to the Dallas Cowboys lower than three years after buying and selling three first-round picks to draft him.
An individual conversant in the state of affairs mentioned the Cowboys will ship a fourth-round choose to San Francisco for a participant drafted third general in 2021. The individual spoke on situation of anonymity as a result of the phrases haven’t been introduced.
“Actually onerous day,” common supervisor John Lynch mentioned on the workforce’s preseason broadcast on KPIX throughout Friday night time’s exhibition finale. “Such an exquisite younger man. We took a shot and it didn’t work out. We personal that. We take accountability for it. I feel his story could be very a lot unwritten. I’m excited for Trey. Dallas stepped up and actually needed him they usually got here after him. I feel it is going to be a terrific touchdown spot for him.”
ESPN first reported the commerce.
Lance had misplaced the competitors to Sam Darnold to be the backup to Brock Purdy in San Francisco earlier within the week, setting the stage for his departure.
The transfer is a outstanding backtrack following the hefty funding the Niners made in hopes of Lance changing into a franchise quarterback.
San Francisco traded three first-round picks and a third-rounder to Miami in 2021 to maneuver up from No. 12 and draft the untested Lance third general.
Lance began solely 17 video games at FCS-level North Dakota State earlier than the Niners drafted him, and he by no means received a lot of an opportunity to achieve the expertise he wanted within the NFL.
He spent his rookie season backing up Jimmy Garoppolo, beginning simply two video games as an damage substitute and being hampered by a finger damage on his throwing hand.
Lance was handed the beginning job final season, however that lasted lower than 5 quarters as he broke his ankle early in Week 2 and was sidelined for the remainder of the season.
Purdy, taken with the final draft choose in 2022, got here on late within the season and gained his first seven begins to take over the beginning position headed into this season.
San Francisco signed Darnold in free company after he flamed out with the Jets and Carolina after additionally being drafted third general in 2018 by New York. Darnold ended up doing sufficient in practices and the primary two preseason video games to beat out Lance.
Lance has accomplished 56 of 102 passes in his temporary NFL profession for 797 yards, 5 TDs, three interceptions and an 84.5 passer score. He additionally has rushed for 235 yards and one TD on 54 carries.
“I can inform all people it wasn’t for a scarcity of effort on Trey’s half or on our half,” Lynch mentioned. “Circumstances took maintain and he struggled by accidents. This workforce is able to win. We like our quarterback room. We like Brock Purdy so much, we like Sam Darnold and we like Brandon Allen. We want Trey all the perfect in Dallas and we’ll all the time care about that younger man and admire his work ethic and the person who he’s.”
Lance’s 4 begins would be the fewest for any quarterback taken within the high 5 of the draft within the widespread draft period for the workforce he made his debut. Jack Thompson had the earlier low after beginning 5 video games for Cincinnati after being taken third general in 1979.
The Cowboys now get a have a look at Lance, who’s owed $940,000 this yr and is assured $5.3 million subsequent season within the remaining yr of his rookie deal.
Cooper Rush has been the backup most of Dak Prescott’s profession in Dallas, together with final season when he went 4-1 filling in after Prescott broke his thumb within the opener.
The commerce seems to be the top of the road for Will Grier, who has been the third-stringer the previous two seasons with out showing in a recreation.
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