NFL: The San Francisco 49ers are heading into the 2023 season with Super Bowl aspirations. No matter who is their starting quarterback, they feel they can field a competitive enough team to make a post-season run. That being said, the 49ers could be on the brink of a massive quarterback trade.
The San Francisco 49ers List Trey Lance As 3rd String Quarterback And Are Exploring Trade Options (NFL)
Per Tom Pelissero
The 49ers are naming Sam Darnold their No. 2 quarterback and the team is exploring options with Trey Lance, sources tell me and Ian Rapoport.
Darnold will back up Brock Purdy, while the future of Lance — the No. 3 overall pick in 2021 — is unclear.
At just 23 years of age, it is way too early to give up on Trey Lance’s talent. He deserves another chance with another team. Injuries have been a major hurdle for Lance since he started his NFL career, but there’s no denying that this young man has a ton of upside. The 23-year-old has a strong arm that could fit in well with any vertical offense.
San Francisco may not want to keep a third-string QB that’s going to cost them $9.3 million against the cap this year. However, Lance knows the offense and still has immense upside as shown in his pair of preseason outings.
If the team cuts him, they’ll carry $14,612,151 in dead money this year with no savings. Next year they’d carry a $10,851,673 dead cap hit.
A trade would be more palatable financially. They’d carry dead cap hits of $5,540,956 the next two years, while saving just shy of $4 million this year and just over $5 million next year.
His value to the team as a third-stringer may be greater than his value on the trade market though, unless a team is willing to part with a quality player at a position of need for San Francisco like at defensive end or on the offensive line.
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