Eagles sign former 49ers backup QB Nick Mullens

The Eagles have officially agreed to terms on a contract with former 49ers QB Nick Mullens to fill out the roster. He’ll join a quarterback room with Jalen Hurts and Joe Flacco, and figures in as a strong third-string option heading into camp.

At 26 years old Mullens has compiled 16 starts over the course of his four year career, mostly coming as the backup for the oft-injured Jimmy Garoppolo. He tallied a 5-11 record across those starts, while throwing for 25 TDs, 22 INTs, 4,714 yards, and completing 64.5% of his passes. Mullens isn’t anything flashy, but decent arm strength and adequate mobility give him a workable skillset, and the balance between his youth and experience has obvious value to the Eagles QB room.

Truth be told, it’s surprising that he wasn’t already on a roster somewhere. In his brief game experience he proved that he can make NFL reads and move the ball with less-than talented weapons around him. While he’s destined to a career as a backup, he figures to be a decent one at that.

While Hurts and Flacco are firmly planted above him on the depth chart, neither player is confidently better than Mullens at this stage of their career. That analysis might ruffle some feathers, but Mullens keeps the team prepared in the event that the other two quarterbacks are injured or can’t handle the job.

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