When Trey Lance was traded to the Dallas Cowboys, it officially marked the end of his time with the San Francisco 49ers.
The 49ers traded significant capital to acquire Lance, and have moved on from him after two years.
After this trade unfolded, Kyle Shanahan provided some insight into the situation.
According to Shanahan via the KNBR radio station, “When you move up and it doesn’t work out, definitely that’s a mistake.”
Kyle Shanahan on how Lance situation shook out:
"When you move up and it doesn't work out, definitely that's a mistake…We knew we needed to get a QB at that time…We took a huge risk that didn't work out, that's why I feel very fortunate to have a guy on a rookie deal."
— KNBR (@KNBR) August 31, 2023
Shanahan also said, “We took a huge risk that didn’t work out, that’s why I feel very fortunate to have a guy on a rookie deal.”
The guy on a rookie deal is Brock Purdy, one of the biggest surprises from the 2022 season.
Shanahan has expressed confidence in Purdy’s abilities, believing he is what the team needs to succeed.
With this confidence in mind, it also signaled the beginning of the end for Lance.
Sam Darnold was also named as Purdy’s backup, further limiting Lance’s chances of seeing the field.
They will try to do their best with Darnold and Purdy, hoping to go on another deep playoff run.
The 49ers have been commonly identified as a favorite in the NFC, largely due to their defense and some strong offensive pieces.
Purdy might be inexperienced, but he already has a lot more in-game experience than Lance, who had extremely high draft capital.
Shanahan has surrounded him with all of the necessary tools a young player might want, a formula that should give him confidence moving forward as their starter.NEXT: Kyle Shanahan Gets Honest On If 49ers Will Trade Nick Bosa