Former 49ers Quarterback Trey Lance Expresses Joy Over Trade to Cowboys, Calling It ‘a Moment That Lit Up My Face’

“Trey Lance, the recently acquired quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys, reflected on his underwhelming experience with the San Francisco 49ers, acknowledging that it did not unfold as he anticipated.

“It’s not what I or many people had in mind,” Lance shared with reporters on Tuesday. “Yet, I firmly believe that every event has a purpose. I’m convinced I’m here for a reason.”

Lance, selected as the third overall pick in the 2021 NFL draft, was traded from the 49ers to the Cowboys last Friday after losing the backup position to veteran Sam Darnold. Lance expressed his eagerness to join the Cowboys, who secured his services by trading a fourth-round draft pick.

“While I tried not to set expectations one way or the other, I must admit that when I learned about the ‘Cowboys,’ it brought a wide smile to my face,” Lance disclosed. “The news was somewhat surreal for me, knowing the illustrious history of this organization.”

The 49ers had invested significantly in acquiring Lance, surrendering three first-round picks and a third-rounder to move up the draft board and select him. Despite this, he played a total of eight games (including four starts) over two seasons, accumulating 797 passing yards, five touchdowns, and three interceptions. The announcement that Darnold would be the backup to Brock Purdy came as a challenge to Lance, who described it as “difficult.”

“While I’m aiming to move forward, I can’t deny that it took time to digest,” Lance admitted. “That conversation was definitely not what I hoped for, but that’s the reality. I hold nothing but respect and gratitude for everyone there — the coaching staff, the locker room, the athletic training staff — all those who I’ve spent significant time with over these past years. It was unquestionably tough, but my focus shifted to what lies ahead and what the future holds.”

Lance will assume the role of the Cowboys’ third-string quarterback, backing up Dak Prescott and Cooper Rush. He expressed his eagerness to be a receptive learner, soaking up insights from Prescott, head coach Mike McCarthy (who is taking on play-calling duties for Dallas this season), and the entire team.

“Coach McCarthy and the entire coaching staff have been invaluable during these meetings,” Lance remarked. “This experience has been enriching and enjoyable for me. Learning a new offensive system and spending time with the team these past two days have been a breath of fresh air. I feel like I’ve absorbed a wealth of knowledge.”

He expressed gratitude for Prescott and the team, mentioning that they embraced him warmly. Lance, who had a season-ending ankle injury in a Week 2 game last season, confirmed that he is now completely healthy.”

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