The Dallas Cowboys shocked the NFL world on Friday night by trading a fourth-round pick for San Francisco 49ers draft bust Trey Lance.
Whatever you think of Lance’s value and whether he’s worth a fourth-round pick, there’s one thing this trade makes very clear: the Cowboys are absolutely screwed thanks to Dak Prescott’s contract situation, and Jerry Jones is desperate.
Dak’s entering the final year of his contract, and Cowboys fans are all over the map in their feelings on that. Some seem to argue that he’s the most underrated quarterback in the league and he’s finally going to carry them to some real postseason success this year. Others are just waiting for him to leave so they can move on with a new quarterback.
But one thing’s pretty clear: if they’re going to extend Dak it’s going to be expensive. Even mid-tier QBs are getting massive deals right now, and Dallas is loaded with too many expensive contracts to be able to win if they’re getting mid-tier production out of Dak on a big deal.
But what’s the alternative?
Can they win with Cooper Rush at the helm? Small contract or not, I don’t think so. And Will Grier is obviously not the answer.
So they bring in Lance. A guy who has thrown 102 passes since being the No. 3 pick in the NFL Draft, which is already coming close to the 208 he threw in three collegiate seasons. He’s as unproven as they come, and at some point that “high-upside” label is going to fade.
But this Lance deal might not even be about Lance. It kind of feels like Jerry Jones is just trying to posture and gain some leverage on Dak in contract negotiations. He’s showing that he’s willing to look for outside help.
And knowing Cowboys fans, this also means that the Dallas public might be ready to turn on Dak at the drop of a hat. One or two bad games and you know there will be loud, public demands for Trey Lance to start. And that kind of pressure against Dak can help give the Cowboys some leverage.
In other words, Jerry is looking for any little bit of an edge he can get. Because he knows that this Cowboys team, as constructed, will never win a Super Bowl with Dak Prescott.
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