The , but Dak Prescott isn’t sweating his future in Dallas.
Prescott is signed to the Cowboys through the end of next season, and the team has said it wants to sign him to an extension. Though Lance hasn’t seen the field much during his time in the league, his presence in Dallas could absolutely impact Prescott’s next contract with the team.
For now, though, he’s ignoring that.
“I’m going to leave those talks in the office where business is handled,” Prescott said on Saturday night, .
The in exchange for a fourth-round draft pick. Lance, the former No. 3 overall pick in 2021 that the 49ers jumped up to get, has played in just eight games and made four starts in San Francisco. He spent nearly all of his rookie season backing up Jimmy Garoppolo there, and then broke his ankle during his second start last season.
Lance will now presumably be the Cowboys’ third string quarterback, behind both Prescott and veteran backup Cooper Rush. It’s easy to see a world where Lance jumps Rush and becomes Prescott’s backup in the near future, though that’s unlikely to happen right away. Lance, who hasn’t gotten a true chance to prove himself in San Francisco, was someone who the Cowboys had their eye on in the 2021 draft, too. He’s not just a backup quarterback upgrade, something Dallas didn’t need to do this offseason.
Prescott, who threw for 2,860 yards, 23 touchdowns and a career-high 15 interceptions last season, has spent his entire career in Dallas. The 30-year-old is entering the third year of his four-year, $160 million deal this fall.
Prescott said he wasn’t given any warning that the Cowboys were planning to bring in another quarterback ahead of time on Saturday, but that he wasn’t surprised. It wasn’t just Prescott who was in the dark, either.
“I mean obviously understand it’s a business,” Prescott said, . “That’s a first-round talent and you’re always trying to make your team better. But that was the front office, so we’re going to welcome him as we do any teammate and hopefully he just makes us better. We’re going to continue to get back at it and know that we’ve got one goal as a team.”
Lance’s arrival, however, almost certainly means that Will Grier, who has been with the team for the past two seasons, will be cut.
on Saturday night that he wouldn’t be making the team, too. Yet he played the entire game in Dallas’ 31-16 win over the Las Vegas Raiders, and went 29-of-35 for 305 yards and threw two touchdowns with Prescott calling plays.
“Honestly right now, my heart and my mind is with Will,” Prescott said after the game, . “So it’s a tough situation, honestly. Love that guy to death over there. Plays his ass off, comes in, prepares the right way each and every day.”