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“We took a chance, and it didn’t work out” — 49ers general manager on Trey Lance trade

The 49ers traded former No. 3 overall pick Trey Lance to the Dallas Cowboys on Friday for a fourth-round pick.

For a player who cost the Niners three first-round picks in a 2021 draft trade, it’s a shocking conclusion.

The man who made the trade, 49ers general manager John Lynch, spoke to the team’s team of announcers, broadcasting the game on KPIX-TV, during the second quarter of the game Niners prep against the Chargers at Levi’s Stadium.

Here’s what he had to say about Lance’s trade and the 23-year-old quarterback’s three-year tenure in the Bay:

“Really tough day. Such a wonderful young man. We tried our luck, but it didn’t work. It belongs to us. We take responsibility for it.

I think… his story is not really written. I’m excited for Trey. Dallas stepped in and really wanted it. They came after him.

I think it will be a great landing spot for him.

I can tell everyone that it wasn’t for lack of effort on Trey’s part or on our part that it didn’t work out. Circumstances imposed themselves and he had to deal with his injuries.

This team is ready to win and we love our quarterback room. We love Brock Purdy a lot, we love Sam Darnold and we love Brandon Allen.

We wish Trey all the best in Dallas. We will always care about this young man and admire his work ethic and the person he is.

Lance is expected to be Dak Prescott’s replacement in Dallas. Meanwhile, Darnold will support Purdy with Allen serving as the team’s third-string quarterback. The Niners open the 2023 season in Pittsburgh on September 10 and face the Cowboys on October 8.

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