Trey Lance has finally penned his rookie deal with the San Francisco 49ers. The 21-year-old’s contract structure shows he’s getting $34.1m in guarantees, along with a $22.1m signing bonus over four years with a fifth-year option.
Before the 49ers practice begins today, No. 3 overall pick Trey Lance signed his four-year, $34.1 million fully-guaranteed contract.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) July 28, 2021
Trey Lance Signs Four-Year Rookie Deal With San Francisco 49ers
Lance was drafted third overall by the Niners in the 2021 NFL Draft, as the Santa Monica-based team traded up from 12th to the third spot to secure themselves their future quarterback.
Having played for North Dakota St. in the FCS between 2018-2020. In his only true college season as a starter in 2019, Lance led the Bisons to a 16-0 record and an FCS Championship Game victory over the James Madison Dukes, picking up the game’s MVP award in the process.
Trey Lance is officially a San Francisco 49er⭐️
— PFF College (@PFF_College) July 28, 2021
Over the 2019 season, Lance used his dual-threat abilities to get touchdowns from every area of the field – 28 passing TDs and nearly 2,800 yards along with 14 TDs and 1,100 yards on the ground alone made him a standout prospect. Couple that with the fact he threw just one interception in college and it’s no surprise the 49ers were impressed.
Garoppolo vs Lance Debate Squashed
There’s been a lot of talk in the off-season about whether it’ll be Jimmy Garoppolo or Lance starting for the Niners this season. With Lance signing his rookie deal, head coach Kyle Shanahan stated quite convincingly that whilst Lance is the future, it’s Garoppolo for now.
Via Ben Ross of the Associated Press, Shanahan cleared things up for the fans and press alike.
“There’s no open competition right now in terms of getting equal reps with the same group. Jimmy is coming in as the (No.) 1 and Trey is coming in as the 2.
“He’s our best quarterback in the building right now, so he’ll start out training camp that way and we’ve got three other guys behind him. We’re going to give Trey the first chance, obviously, as the backup.”
The Niners coach made sure, though, to not rule out Lance’s usage throughout the season in specific situations.
“When you do have a quarterback who has the threat to run and who can make throws, that’s something that I would love to use,” Shanahan said.
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