Trey Lance

Social media erupts after 49ers trade Lance to Cowboys


The Trey Lance era is over in San Francisco.

The 49ers traded Lance -- the No. 3 overall pick of the 2021 NFL Draft -- to the Dallas Cowboys in exchange for a fourth-round draft pick on Friday, a source confirmed to NBC Sports Bay Area's Matt Maiocco, just hours ahead of their preseason finale against the Los Angeles Chargers.

On draft night in 2021, San Francisco sent three first-round picks and a third-rounder to the Miami Dolphins to move up nine spots and select Lance, making him its hopeful quarterback of the future. But he only started four games in a 49ers uniform -- two as a rookie in 2021 and two last year before he suffered a season-ending ankle injury.

Needless to say, the trade news nearly broke the internet:

The 49ers now will enter the 2023 NFL season with Brock Purdy as their starting quarterback and Sam Darnold as their backup. Brandon Allen likely will earn a roster spot as the team's third option under center.

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