Return January, San Francisco 49ers general manager John Lynch told reporters the organization was “more excited” about the 2021 quarterback and rookie Trey Lance “than when we drafted him” with the fifth overall pick. three last year.
However, a February report announced San Francisco could keep veteran Jimmy Garoppolo on the roster for another season, in part because Lance is “probably worse off than people realize” and “greener than people realize” with as a first year pro player.
During Monday’s press conference, Lynch repeat an earlier suggestion that the 49ers have the financial means to keep Garoppolo and his $26.95 million cap crossed the upcoming draft to be implemented Thursday night. That doesn’t mean Lance isn’t prepared to be the team’s starter this spring, though.
“All these reports, I don’t know where they’re coming from,” Lynch explained of the situation, according to Charean Williams by Pro Football Talk. “But we’ve always believed in competition. However, I think, at the same time, we’re absolute believers in what Trey Lance has to offer. We believe he’s ready. He will. And I think he’s ready to show it to us, show it to his teammates, show it to the world. So we’re very excited. for the chance he got.”
Lance made just two appearances in his first season and ended the campaign with 603 yards of passes, five touchdowns, two interceptions, 168 yards of charge and one rush touchdown.