Kurtenbach: The 49ers botched the Trey Lance project from start to finish

SANTA CLARA — The 49ers botched the Trey Lance project from start to finish.

But thank goodness it’s over.

Lance was supposed to be the Niners’ “franchise” quarterback — the future of the team, the foundation of the roster.

And yet, the Niners could never quite decide on him.

This isn’t to say that the 49ers didn’t have a plan for Lance. They did. The issue is that their plans consistently changed for three seasons.

On Friday, the Niners decided on a new plan: him to the Cowboys. The former No. 3 overall pick — who cost three first-round picks to select — was cashed in for a future Day 3 draft pick.

One can’t imply that Lance had fallen because he never actually rose.

And while Lance is in no way exonerated for his failure of a Niners tenure and all that unrealized potential, the fact is that this pairing of quarterback and team was doomed from the start.

And worse yet, if the pairing of Lance and his new team is charmed, one of the Niners’ top rivals will benefit.

We won’t know for a while yet how Lance fares with his second team, but we can look back on his Niners’ tenure and see how it all went wrong:

Pre-draft, 2021

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