Cowboys QB Trey Lance describes move to Dallas as a ‘breath of fresh air’ after being traded from 49ers

Third string Dallas Cowboys quarterback Trey Lance has expressed his immediate joy upon finding out he was being dealt to big D. 

The 2021 No. 3 overall pick was acquired by Dallas for a fourth-round draft pick in a trade with San Francisco on Friday, a day before the preseason finale against the Las Vegas Raiders. 

Lance has not spoken to the media since the move and after arriving in Frisco, he spoke to reporters Tuesday. 

‘I really tried to not expect anything one way or another, but I can say that when I heard ‘Cowboys,’ I had a big smile on my face,’ Lance said. ‘I was very excited to be here.’

Despite Jerry Jones’ admiration of Lance during the ’21 Draft process, Lance is the third signal-caller on the ‘Boys depth chart. 

Trey Lance was taken with the No. 3 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft out of North Dakota State

Dallas Cowboys owner/general manager Jerry Jones is confident Trey Lance is a good addition

Dallas Cowboys owner/general manager Jerry Jones is confident Trey Lance is a good addition

‘It was a little bit surreal for me hearing I was going to come here knowing everything about this historic organization,’ Lance said. ‘Just compared to the 49ers, obviously you think of that as another one of the top-tier, historic organizations, but for me, just very excited to be here. 

‘Coach McCarthy and the entire coaching staff, man, nothing but knowledge being in all these meetings. It’s been awesome for me. It’s been fun. Kind of a breath of fresh air to learn a new offense and being around the guys the last two days. I feel like I’ve learned so much just ball.’ 

The former North Dakota State quarterback will backup both Cooper Rush and Dak Prescott, who reached out to Lance following his ankle injury last season. 

‘The few conversations I had with him, just texting him when I had my ankle injury, things like that,’ Lance said of his interactions with Prescott. 

‘Just the type of person he is. And obviously the football stuff kind of speaks for itself. I’m still trying to learn Day 1 install, so for me, obviously got a long way to go there. But definitely looking forward to being a sponge, just soaking up everything I can from him.’ 

As for the mess in The Bay, Lance wants to let that go and start anew with America’s Team.

‘It’s not how I expected it to go. It’s not how I think a lot of people expected it to go. 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.’ 

Upon being told he was behind Brock Purdy and Sam Darnold, Lance took some time to deal with the reality before requesting a trade. 

Lance requested a trade from San Francisco after he was named the third-string quarterback

Lance requested a trade from San Francisco after he was named the third-string quarterback

‘I’m kind of really trying to move on, but yeah, it definitely took some time,’ Lance said. ‘That conversation obviously wasn’t something I wanted to hear, but that’s the reality of the situation. 

‘Nothing but respect and gratitude for everyone there — coaching staff, locker room, athletic training staff, everyone I spent a ton of time with these last few years. Obviously, it was tough, but for me it was trying to figure out what was next and what’s going to happen in the future.’ 

San Francisco traded three first-round picks and a third-rounder to Miami to move up from No. 12 and draft the untested Lance third overall.

The 23-year-old made just three starts during his career with the NFC West franchise. 

Lance started only 17 games at FCS-level North Dakota State before the Niners drafted him, and he never got much of a chance to gain the experience he needed in the NFL.

He spent his rookie season backing up Jimmy Garoppolo, starting just two games as an injury replacement and being hampered by a finger injury on his throwing hand.

Lance was handed the starting job last season, but that lasted less than five quarters as he broke his ankle early in Week 2 and was sidelined for the rest of the season.