NFL: 49ers trade Trey Lance to Cowboys for fourth-round pick

After investing heavily in Trey Lance to become a franchise quarterback, the Niners reversed course. "We take full accountability," general manager John Lynch said. "We own..."

Less than three years after dealing three first-round picks to draft quarterback Trey Lance third overall, the San Francisco 49ers dealt him to the Dallas Cowboys for a fourth-round pick.

Lance lost his backup role to Sam Darnold earlier in the week, forcing him to leave on Friday, hours before the Niners' exhibition finale against the Los Angeles Chargers.

The coach remarked, "When we told him he was going to be the three, if he could find another good opportunity, we'd allow him to do that, and he did." "We think it'll help him and us."

The Niners' huge investment on Lance to become a franchise quarterback was a staggering reversal.

John Lynch, general manager, said, "We take full accountability." we own it. My opinion is that his tale is unwritten. I trust the kid. I think he'll have a good career given his talent and work ethic."

In 2021, San Francisco traded three first-round picks and a third-rounder to Miami to take Lance third overall from No. 12. The 49ers have parted ties with a 23-year-old quarterback who made only four NFL starts.

Before the Niners drafted Lance, he started only 17 games at FCS-level North Dakota State and never received much NFL experience.

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