Trey Lance 49ers Sep 11, 2022; Chicago, Illinois, USA; San Francisco 49ers quarterback Trey Lance (5) looks to pass in the second quarter against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Bartel-USA TODAY Sports

Now that he’s donning Dallas Cowboys colors, quarterback Trey Lance is ready to put the work in with his new team.

It’s been a process, but the 23-year-old is taking it one day at a time.

“I’m square one right now,” Lance said Tuesday via the Associated Press. “I was kind of square zero yesterday. Going to try to win every single day and try to learn and continue to progress.”

On Friday, Trey Lance was traded to the Cowboys by San Francisco for a fourth-round draft pick.

It wasn’t the biggest surprise as the 49ers were preparing for the Brock Purdy era and Sam Darnold painted a better picture as a QB2 with his scout-team abilities.

“It’s not how I expected it to go. It’s not how I think a lot of people expected it to go,” Lance added. “But I believe that everything happens for a reason. I think I’m here for a reason. Regardless of what it is, just want to try to find a way to help the team.”

Lance also said he had a big smile on his face when he heard it was the Cowboys on the receiving end of the trade.

Dallas quarterback Dak Prescott welcomed Lance with open arms and owner/general manager Jerry Jones sees a lot of opportunity for the young quarterback to work under Prescott. It’s something Jones never thought he would see during his tenure with the team.

Lance was looking to be the 49ers starter during the 2022 season until an ankle injury changed those plans. The replacement of Purdy had him leading the team to an NFC championship game during his rookie season.

[Associated Press]

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