Trey Lance is reportedly the third quarterback on the San Francisco 49ers depth chart, which could spark some new Minnesota Vikings trade rumors.
For a good chunk of the 2023 offseason, there were plenty of discussions surrounding the possibility of the Minnesota Vikings making a trade for current San Francisco 49ers quarterback Trey Lance, who also happens to be a native of Marshall, Minnesota.
Those discussions eventually died down, and most recently, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that the 49ers have not had any trade discussions with other teams this year about any possible deals involving Lance.
With the latest news coming out of San Francisco's training camp that the 23-year-old signal-caller is currently viewed as the third quarterback on the team's depth chart, don't be surprised if he, once again, becomes a possible trade target for the Vikings.
If they are willing to trade for San Francisco 49ers QB Trey Lance, the Minnesota Vikings should do it sooner than later
Currently, Kirk Cousins is only under contract for one more season, which means the only quarterbacks under contract for Minnesota in 2024 are Nick Mullens and rookie Jaren Hall.
Cousins returning for the 2024 season and beyond hasn't been ruled out yet. But the Vikings not giving him an extension this year seems to indicate that the team is ready to move on from him as their starting quarterback in the near future.
If Minnesota does ultimately part ways with Cousins, bringing in Lance as his replacement seems like a believable possibility. But if the Vikings want to trade for the young quarterback, they should try to figure out a way to get him in their building before the end of the 2023 season.
Minnesota acquiring Lance before the start of the 2023 regular season or by the 2023 trade deadline would allow him to come in without any immediate expectations and learn the offense from the sidelines while Cousins remains the starter.
This approach would hopefully result in an easier transition from Cousins to Lance as the Vikings' starting quarterback in 2024.
There haven't been any recent reports about Minnesota having an interest in trading for Lance, but if he continues to remain in the No. 3 spot on the 49ers' quarterback depth chart, there's no reason for the Vikings to not at least make a call to San Francisco about possibly making a deal for the young passer.