Lance debunks 49ers-Titans trade rumors started by single emoji


Don't let any emojis fool you. Trey Lance doesn't plan on moving anywhere this offseason.

On Thursday afternoon, the 49ers quarterback had some fun refuting trade speculation that he wanted to wind up with the Tennessee Titans, a wild rumor that began by his use of one emoji on Instagram.

Shortly after the Titans hired former San Francisco director of player personnel Ran Carthon as their new general manager, Lance shared a picture of Carthon on his Instagram story overlaid with the crossed fingers emoji.

It didn't take long for social media to do its thing.

"The fingers-crossed emoji is not like, ‘Man, I’m crossing my fingers to be a Tennessee Titan,' ” Lance said in an interview with quarterbacks trainer Quincy Avery on "The Q" live stream.

"I love it here. I don’t want to be anywhere else."

Lance said he mostly stays off of social media these days. He heard about the Tennessee chatter from a surprising source in Santa Clara.

"[49ers coach] Kyle [Shanahan] told me the next morning," Lance said. "We walked into the install meeting, and Kyle’s like, ‘Have you seen everything? People say you’re going to the Titans?'

"He’s like, ‘I just saw it, people talking crazy. I just thought it was funny.' "

Lance, who sustained a season-ending ankle injury in Week 2, formed a relationship with Carthon as he recovered from his injury throughout the year. Lance enjoyed when Carthon's children hung out with him in the training room and called them a "shining light" of his rehab.


"I just want to support guys," Lance said. "My whole Instagram this whole season was probably more of a 49ers fan page than anything, just showing guys support. Ray-Ray [McCloud] got a cool outfit. Azeez [Al-Shaair] has got a cool video, whatever it was.

"Just getting to know someone’s family like that, I was super happy for [Carthon] for the opportunity."

So, no, Lance is not packing his bags for the Volunteer State. The former No. 3 overall pick will follow the 49ers' plan to host a quarterback competition in training camp between Lance and Brock Purdy.

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