Does it make sense for the NY Jets to trade for Trey Lance?

NY Jets, Trey Lance
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The San Francisco 49ers have reportedly been listening to inquiries about a potential trade involving their quarterback Trey Lance. It looks like the 49ers will become Brock Purdy's team when he returns from injury, to no surprise.

This begs another question, would it make sense for the NY Jets to trade for him?

Lance began his college career at North Dakota State in 2018. He was redshirted for the majority of the year but did play in two games, where he picked up a rushing touchdown in each.

He ran for 82 yards on eight attempts and had one completed pass on one pass attempt for 12 yards. There was a lot of potential in Lance, and North Dakota State saw that, which is why they decided to name him the starting quarterback for the 2019 season.

In 2019, Lance had arguably his best season. He started in all 16 games and led North Dakota State to an undefeated season. Lance completed 192 passes out of 287 attempts for 2,786 yards and 28 touchdowns. The crazier thing about this is that he didn't throw a single interception.

Lance led his team to the Division I FCS Championship Game and was named MVP after leading them to a 28-20 victory. He tied an NCAA record for the most pass attempts without a single interception in a season. He also ran 169 times for 1,100 yards and 14 rushing touchdowns.

In 2020, Lance was set to start again, but the season would be postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In his only game of the year, Lance tallied 15 completed passes out of 30 attempts, throwing for 149 yards and two touchdowns, tossing his first-ever interception. He also had 15 rush attempts for 143 yards and two rushing touchdowns.

He would then declare for the 2021 NFL Draft, where Lance would be selected third overall by the San Francisco 49ers. It is safe to say he's fallen short of expectations to this point.

In his rookie season, Lance played in six games but only started in two. He finished the year with 41 completed passes out of 71 attempts and threw for 603 yards and five touchdowns. Lance also used his legs, rushing 38 times for 168 yards and a touchdown.

The 2022 season would not fare much better for Lance. Lance would only play in two games before suffering a season-ending ankle injury in Week 2 against the Seattle Seahawks. While he's fallen short of expectations in the NFL, the potential he showed in college is still there.

Should the NY Jets consider trading for Trey Lance?

In short, it's a tough call. If the Jets were to offer anything for him, it could be Zach Wilson in a swap of young, underachieving quarterbacks.

It's no secret that Kyle Shanahan had originally wanted Zach Wilson ahead of the 2021 NFL Draft. The Jets were able to beat him to the punch and picked Wilson before the 49ers could.

A change of scenery could be needed, and it could be beneficial to both parties. With that said, is there a chance that the 49ers even accept this trade, if it were to happen? Maybe, although the Jets would likely have to offer more than just Wilson.

All in all, it's safe to say neither Zach Wilson nor Trey Lance will be starting for the Jets this season. However, when it comes down to who will be backing up a potential Aaron Rodgers, maybe Lance would be more appealing than Wilson.