The Dallas Cowboys startled many in the NFL world by trading for Trey Lance, despite having an established starting quarterback in Dak Prescott.
After the Cowboys' 31-16 preseason victory over the Las Vegas Raiders on Saturday, owner Jerry Jones stated why the organization made the trade for the No. 3
overall pick in 2021: it's all about having a developmental option at the sport's most important position.
"He gives us a chance to do what we've always wanted to do," Jones said after the game. "It would be ideal for Dak to have a young, promising, developing quarterback in the room."
TThe Cowboys traded a fourth-round draft pick to the 49ers on Friday for Lance, who was anointed San Francisco's third-string quarterback on Wednesday after losing the backup spot to veteran Sam Darnold.
Lance possesses numerous physical attributes wanted in quarterbacks, including size, athleticism, speed, and arm strength, but has been unable
to stay on the field due to injury and a lack of experience. Last season, he sustained a season-ending broken ankle in a Week 2 game.