Trey Lance trade partner No. 1: Tennessee Titans
If the 49ers can’t get the Texans to bite, they can surely create some drama within Houston’s division, the AFC South, by courting a rival like the Tennessee Titans.
Tennessee is a lot like Detroit in this manner, only trending in the opposite direction but boasting an aging quarterback who isn’t a long-term figurehead, Ryan Tannehill, who’ll be a free agent next season and is effectively hitting a lame-duck year of his own in the wake of the Titans hiring another former Niners executive, Ran Carthon, to be their general manager.
Carthon already cleared out much of Tennessee’s excess, and his vision is likely one that’ll embrace a generation of playmaking quarterbacks like Trey Lance.
Not ones like Tannehill.
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At any rate, the Titans hold the No. 11 overall pick in this year’s draft but might be stuck between reaching for a signal-caller too soon and missing out on one of the top names like Ohio State’s C.J. Stroud, Florida’s Anthony Richardson, Kentucky’s Will Levis or Alabama’s Bryce Young.
Instead, Carthon can save that pick and use it on a top non-quarterback after dishing off the No. 41 overall pick to his former employer in exchange for Lance and San Francisco’s own fifth-round selection to sweeten the deal.
Just like that, the Titans have their young quarterback to build around.
If the 49ers bite, of course.