4 landing spots for quarterback Trey Lance if the 49ers trade him

Trey Lance #5 of the San Francisco 49ers (Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images)
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Tom Brady, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
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Trey Lance trade spot No. 3: Tampa Bay Buccaneers

NFL legend Tom Brady has retired yet again. Barring any on-again, off-again retirement drama, reminiscent of Brett Favre’s contemplation, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are without a quarterback.

What former head coach Bruce Arians should have done before the start of last season was find a suitable replacement for the future Hall of Famer. But foolishly, he didn’t. What current head coach Todd Bowles should do is right the wrongs of his predecessor and trade for Trey Lance.

Tampa Bay became an instant contender following Brady’s addition for obvious reasons. However, he was also added to a team that had multiple, proven weapons at wide receiver with the likes of Mike Evans and Cris Godwin.

Add in a threat at running back, and Lance is put in a position that favors him.

Granted, having to follow the act of arguably the greatest quarterback of all time could be a recipe for disaster. If Lance performs terribly, then he’ll never get out of the shadow that Brady left behind. If Lance comes in and performs like an All-Pro, there’s still a statute of limitations on how long the shadow will exist.

Regardless of suitability at first, it’s an opportunity to shine in the best way possible, given the fact that Lance was given the wheel to drive this team all the way to the postseason. And, it’ll be his team, not a team that he’s sharing with Brock Purdy, or coming in to provide relief for.

If Lance wants to stick around and push Purdy for the starting job, then that’s between him and the front office.

But why not go to a team that needs help now and that would welcome him with open arms?