When the Dallas Cowboys made the move to acquire quarterback Trey Lance from the San Francisco 49ers, it surprised many fans and people in the media. Of course, as is always the case, Lance was immediately made to look like the near future replacement for star quarterback Dak Prescott. Those hopes from critics have gone out the window with the MVP-type season that Prescott has produced for Dallas.
Instead, Lance looks like a potentially intriguing trade chip. There are quite a few teams around the NFL who will be searching for a new quarterback this offseason and the Cowboys might look to capitalize.
Granted, Lance does provide more upside as the primary backup to Prescott than Cooper Rush. However, he will also have much more trade value on the market than Rush would.
Cowboys Could Look To Trade Trey Lance In NFL Offseason
One NFL writer, Connor Livesay, suggested that the Cowboys could trade Lance in the offseason. He suggested a few possible landing spots as well, including the Minnesota Vikings, Seattle Seahawks, and New Orleans Saints.
“Lance might raise the ceiling on Dallas’ QB2 spot, but the Cowboys could get a better return for Lance than what they paid from teams such as the Minnesota Vikings, New Orleans Saints or Seattle Seahawks. If those teams miss out on the top passers in the draft, they could see Lance as a viable option.”
Lance would certainly be an intriguing option for teams who miss out on the elite prospects in the 2024 NFL Draft. The 23-year-old quarterback was drafted with the No. 3 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft for a reason. He simply has not had a good situation to get consistent playing time yet.
Throughout his career thus far, Lance has played in just eight games. In those appearances, he completed 54.9 percent of his pass attempts for 797 yards, five touchdowns, and three interceptions. He also picked up 235 yards and a score on the ground.
While all of this is pure speculation, it could make a lot of sense. The Cowboys could very well end up getting a third or fourth-round pick from a needy team. That would be well worth the move.
That being said, the Cowboys could still want to keep Lance around as Prescott’s backup. Rush may end up being the odd man out. Jerry Jones has the luxury of having three quarterbacks more than capable of playing if their number is called.
Expect to see the Cowboys mentioned in a ton of rumors this offseason. Lance may end up being on the block or he may not, but there will likely be some trade interest in him.