NFL: The Dallas Cowboys and San Francisco 49ers are two teams who figure to be vying for a playoff spot in 2023. In fact, the two teams met during the 2022 post-season. Now the two teams have agreed on a massive trade that has major implications for the future of both franchises.
The San Francisco 49ers Have Traded QB Trey Lance To The Dallas Cowboys (NFL)
The 49ers are pulling the plug on 2021 No. 3 overall pick Trey Lance before his third season begins. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, San Francisco is trading Lance to the Dallas Cowboys in exchange for a mid-round pick.
The news comes after the club named Sam Darnold its backup quarterback. Darnold beat out Lance for the job. QB Brandon Allen will now fill the third QB role for the 49ers.
Lance’s career in the Bay Area comes to an end after just eight games and four starts. He completed 54.9 percent of his 102 throws with five touchdowns and three interceptions. Lance averaged 7.8 yards per attempt and holds a career QB rating of 84.5.
San Francisco will save $940,000 against the cap in 2023, and another $5,310,717 during the 2024 season. The trade will come with $5,540,956 dead cap hits in each of the next two years.
What Does This Mean For The Cowboys?
The move makes sense from the standpoint of giving up a fourth-round pick for a former third overall pick. It also shows the Cowboys probably liked what they saw from Lance coming out of North Dakota State. He’s only 23. If Mike McCarthy and company can develop him into a solid backup with starter upside then they got a steal for only a fourth round pick. If it doesn’t work out, it seems like it was worth the gamble at the most important position in the game.
As of today, Dallas would probably hope to go into next season with Prescott as their starter and Lance as their backup. Rush, who turns 30 in November, has been good in that role over the last two years, going 5-1 as a starter. But he doesn’t have the upside of a player like Lance.
The Cowboys trading for Lance is a shrewd move by Jerry Jones and the front office. There’s absolutely no question that this is Prescott’s franchise heading into this season but Lance’s presence gives the team a quarterback in the room who carries a similar skill set to Prescott, at least more so than Rush.
Rush did an admirable job filling in for Prescott last season, going 4-1 early in the season and keeping Dallas afloat, but he has fairly limited potential in terms of upside. The Cowboys signed Rush to a two-year deal earlier this offseason but they can get out of it after this year, setting up a Prescott-Lance depth chart for the 2024 season.
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