The Philadelphia Eagles are adding another quarterback to their roster. The team announced on Monday that they signed Nick Mullens, formerly from the San Francisco 49ers.
The news comes less than a week after the Eagles waived Jamie Newman, leaving the team with two quarterbacks with months to spare before the 2021 season begins.
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Mullens will now join Philadelphia as their third-string quarterback, bringing some experience to the position.
Beginning at The University of Southern Mississippi, Nick Mullens played a record winning collegiate career. In four seasons, he played 44 games completing 928 of 1,546 attempts for 11,994 yards and 87 touchdowns. Despite being the career passing leader in every statistical category, he went undrafted in 2017.
As a free agent, Mullens signed with the San Francisco 49ers and was promoted to the active roster after starting quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo was injured. A few weeks later, he was named the starter, becoming the first player in franchise history to throw three touchdowns in their first game.
In eight games, Mullens went 3-5. He completed 64.2 percent of his passes for 2,277 yards, 13 touchdowns, and 10 interceptions.
The following season, he didn’t get much playing time as he served as backup to Garoppolo, however, after injury struck QB1 again in 2020, Mullens stepped in. Interestingly enough, Mullens posted a career low passer rating of 72.6 in San Fran’s game against the Philadelphia Eagles. He was later benched for poor performance but would become a starter later in the season.
Mullen totaled another eight starts, this time 2-6. He completed 64.7 percent of his passes for 2,437 yards, 12 touchdowns, and 12 interceptions.
The 26-year-old is now coming off of a right (throwing) elbow injury. He underwent surgery in December 2020. Though Mullens was to become a restricted free agent in the offseason, the 49ers did not place a tender on him.
Mullens will join second-year quarterback Jalen Hurts and veteran quarterback Joe Flacco. Neither player has been announced as the starter yet for the upcoming season.