49ers fans react to Trey Lance signing right before training camp

San Francisco 49ers, Trey Lance (Mandatory Credit: Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports)
San Francisco 49ers, Trey Lance (Mandatory Credit: Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports) /

The San Francisco 49ers and Trey Lance officially agreed to a deal just hours before training camp was set to begin.

It came down to the wire, but the San Francisco 49ers and their prized offseason possession rookie quarterback Trey Lance announced his new contract. With the 49ers training camp set to begin at 10:17 am Pacific, it was nail-biting time for fans as they patiently awaited the news. If a deal hadn’t been struck before training camp was to begin, there would be some limitations for what Lance could do until pen met paper.

As reported by The Athletic’s Dave Lombardi, the contract is four years, $34.1 million with a $22.1 million signing bonus. Considering California has high taxes, this isn’t too shabby for the third overall selection in the 2021 NFL Draft.

Lance’s agency announced the signing this morning with this picture of a smiling rookie with his massive contract in front of him:

Definitely a $34 million smile. While Lance was smiling all the way to the bank, 49ers fans were waking up and reacting to the news:

Lombardi highlighted the 49ers training camp deadline moves, which turned out to be pretty successful:

Now the question becomes: when does Trey Lance start for the 49ers? Many fans would like to see him behind center Week 1, but in a recent media availability head coach Kyle Shanahan basically confirmed Jimmy Garoppolo will be the starter for the season, as long as he’s healthy. Expect to see Lance in certain offensive packages, but don’t expect to see him starting for a while.

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It’s been a while since the 49ers faithful were excited for a pick of Lance’s caliber. Now they can sit back and watch the future unfold in front of them, which hopefully includes a Vince Lombardi trophy or two.