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Nick Mullens signs with Eagles, completing offseason QB swap

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It was as brutal a season as possible for Nick Mullens, but he’s found a new home with the Eagles.

After showing well in his breakout 2018 season and retaining his backup job in 2019, he got his chance again in 2020. But like all things 49ers in 2020, it was disastrous. Missing many of the offense’s weapons, Mullens started to make poor decisions and poor throws as his footwork deteriorated, and that bad play snowballed. He finished with 12 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. In his three years with San Francisco, he had a 64.5 completion percentage with 4,714 yards, 25 touchdowns and 22 interceptions.

To make matters much worse, Mullens injured his throwing elbow at the end of the year, suffering a UCL injury which would normally require Tommy John surgery. Instead, Mullens became one of the first athletes to have an internal brace surgically installed in his elbow and was throwing three months after surgery.

He’s since been rehabbing his elbow, prior to signing with Philadelphia. This completes what is essentially a backup quarterback swap, with Mullens signing in Philadelphia and Nate Sudfeld signing with the 49ers after spending last year with the Eagles and now-49ers quarterbacks coach, Rich Scangarello.


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