Trey Lance September 18, 2022; Santa Clara, California, USA; San Francisco 49ers quarterback Trey Lance (5) during the first quarter against the Seattle Seahawks at Levi’s Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Throughout the offseason, it has been pretty clear that Brock Purdy is the quarterback of the future for the San Francisco 49ers, which left former No. 3 overall pick Trey Lance in an awkward position. Many thought that he could potentially get traded before the start of the season, which is exactly what came to fruition on Friday.

Lance hasn’t had all that many opportunities to thrive thus far in his NFL career, only starting four games in his first two years in San Francisco. Despite this, one team decided to take a chance on him in a trade, and it is certainly not a team that many were expecting.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter broke the news on Friday that the 49ers were trading Lance to the Dallas Cowboys for a mid-round draft pick.

NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero confirmed the exact details of the trade, adding that the 49ers will receive a 2024 fourth-round pick in return for Lance.

The Cowboys obviously have Dak Prescott as their undisputed starting quarterback for the foreseeable future, which makes this trade confusing for many fans.

For the 49ers, it has to be disappointing to only be getting a fourth-round pick for a player in Lance that they once traded up significantly to get. San Francisco famously traded three first-round picks and a third-round pick to draft Lance.

However, they now get a clean break and there is no longer any speculation or debate on who is the 49ers quarterback of the future. That designation now firmly belongs to Brock Purdy.

As for the Cowboys, they will get a player in Lance who hasn’t really gotten a chance to show much in the NFL. And it is certainly possible that he may be able to revive his career sitting behind Dak Prescott for the next couple of seasons.

[Tom Pelissero on Twitter]

About Reice Shipley

Reice Shipley is a staff writer for Comeback Media that graduated from Ithaca College with a degree in Sports Media. He previously worked at Barrett Sports Media and is a fan of all things Syracuse sports.