The Philadelphia Eagles agreed to phrases with free agent quarterback Nick Mullens on Monday morning, in keeping with an official announcement from the staff.
The Eagles had a necessity for an additional passer after unexpectedly waiving undrafted rookie free agent signing Jamie Newman final week. Mullens is now the third quarterback beneath contract behind presumed starter Jalen Hurts and veteran backup Joe Flacco.
Chances are you’ll bear in mind Mullens as one in all 4 beginning quarterbacks the Eagles defeated in 2020. The San Francisco 49ers really benched him in favor of C.J. Beathard, who gave the Eagles somewhat scare in direction of the tip of that sport.
Mullens, 26, initially signed with the 49ers after going unselected within the 2017 NFL Draft. Accidents to Jimmy Garoppolo allowed him to log 16 begins over the previous three seasons. He went 5-11 as a starter with a 64.5% completion fee for 4,714 yards (7.9 common), 25 touchdowns, 22 interceptions, and an 87.2 passer ranking. He additionally fumbled eight occasions whereas solely gaining 30 speeding yards.
For what it’s value, Professional Soccer Focus graded Mullens thirty eighth out of 42 quarterbacks final season. That’s one spot larger than Flacco completed. Talking of, possibly the Eagles ought to have simply signed Mullens to be their QB2 for the minimal as a substitute of nonsensically guaranteeing $3.5 million to Flacco? Too late now.
Ideally, the Eagles would’ve been in a position so as to add a developmental undertaking to their quarterback room however they apparently couldn’t discover one they preferred. You may have the ability to argue Mullens has some untapped potential however, eh, we’ve seen an honest pattern measurement from him to know he’s in all probability only a backup at greatest.
It’s unclear if the Eagles will preserve three quarterbacks on their 53-man roster this season however Mullens might need an opportunity to stay round. Within the meantime, the offseason roster is now crammed to capability at 90 gamers.
(Facet observe: Sort of humorous how the Eagles and 49ers mainly traded Nate Sudfeld for Mullens.)