At the last possible moment, quarterback Trey Lance signed his rookie contract with the 49ers, ready to attend training camp.
It finally happened. After a long, long wait, Trey Lance, the quarterback the San Francisco 49ers moved three first-round picks for, has signed his rookie contract. Let’s just take a minute to breathe a sigh of relief Niners fans, because that was stressful. The deadline for Lance to sign before this officially became a holdout was the start of training camp which was well, today.
Going into today it was certainly expected Lance would sign his deal and report to the team. But, until there is something on paper nothing is certain. Then, the news was broken that Lance would be signing his deal, a four-year, fully guaranteed contract:
Not long after the news was reported, we got to see a picture, quill pen and all, of Trey Lance signing his deal.
Is there anything to be concerned about here?
No, not at all. The 49ers went through a similar experience with Nick Bosa a few years ago, and it certainly did not seem to impact Bosa’s on-field performance. These rookie deals are almost fully set in terms of compensation by the CBA, so really the only thing teams and players negotiate over is signing bonuses and guarantees.
Lance was able to get his full rookie deal guaranteed, although in the NFL contractual guarantees are often far from actually guaranteed, but still, good for him. Nothing about this deal seems particularly surprising, as since the Niners sent away three firsts for Lance, they were certainly going to be willing to pay him as well.
With Lance signing his deal and reporting to camp, now we can focus on what really matters: Training camp hype and the impending QB battle between Lance and Garoppolo that is sure to occur despite what Kyle Shanahan says.