Aug 20, 2022; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Nick Mullens (9) throws a pass against the Miami Dolphins in the second quarter at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: Raiders trading QB Nick Mullens to Vikings

The Las Vegas Raiders are trading quarterback Nick Mullens to the Minnesota Vikings for a conditional seventh-round draft pick in 2024, multiple outlets reported Monday.

The Raiders signed Mullens to a one-year deal in free agency in April. The draft pick comes to fruition if Mullens is active for one game with the Vikings, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

Mullens, 27, had been competing with Jarrett Stidham for the backup job behind starter Derek Carr.

Mullens is 5-12 as an NFL starter, completing 64.6 percent of his passes for 4,861 yards, 26 touchdowns and 22 interceptions with the San Francisco 49ers (2018-20) and Cleveland Browns.

In Minnesota, Mullens faces a battle with Sean Mannion and Kellen Mond for the chance to back up veteran Kirk Cousins.

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Dec 20, 2021; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Cleveland Browns quarterback Nick Mullens (9) looks for an available receiver against the Las Vegas Raiders during the second quarter at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Galvin-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: Raiders signing QB Nick Mullens to 1-year deal

The Las Vegas Raiders reportedly agreed to terms with quarterback Nick Mullens on a one-year deal Friday.

He receives about $1 million guaranteed and can earn up to $2.5 million, according to ESPN.

Mullens, 27, will back up veteran starter Derek Carr, with Garrett Gilbert also on the roster.

Mullens is 5-12 as an NFL starter, completing 64.6 percent of his passes for 4,861 yards, 26 touchdowns and 22 interceptions in 20 games with the San Francisco 49ers (2018-20) and Cleveland Browns (2021).

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Dec 13, 2020; Glendale, Arizona, USA; San Francisco 49ers quarterback Nick Mullens (4) warms up prior to facing the Washington Football Team at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Eagles sign backup QB Nick Mullens

The Philadelphia Eagles signed former San Francisco quarterback Nick Mullens on Monday.

Mullens slides in as the No. 3 QB in Philly behind starter Jalen Hurts and veteran Joe Flacco.

Mullens played the past three seasons in San Francisco but hit free agency after the team declined to tender him in March.

Mullens started eight games for the 49ers last season in relief of Jimmy Garoppolo, who battled injuries much of the season. Mullens completed 64.7 percent of his passes for 2,437 yards, 12 touchdowns and 12 interceptions.

In 19 career games (16 starts), the former Southern Miss QB has thrown for 4,714 yards with 25 TDs against 22 INTs.

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Nov 1, 2020; Seattle, Washington, USA; San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (10) passes against the Seattle Seahawks during the second quarter at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

49ers’ Shanahan expects QB Garoppolo back ‘this year’

San Francisco 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan is sticking with Jimmy Garoppolo when the quarterback returns from a high right ankle sprain, even if it isn’t until next season.

“I expect Jimmy to be our starter next year,” Shanahan told reporters on Tuesday. “I expect him to come and play with us this year. We have six games left, we are not out of the playoffs yet. I have been on a team that was 3-6 going into a bye week that ended up winning their division. I think we have guys on this team that are capable of finishing this the right way.”

Garoppolo has sustained two sprains to his upper right ankle this season, limiting him to six games and forcing him onto injured reserve on Nov. 3. Garoppolo, who most recently got hurt against the Seattle Seahawks on Nov. 1, was expected to be sidelined for six weeks, making him eligible to return for a few games at season’s end if everything goes as expected.

“We’ve got to do it one game at a time, and I hope Jimmy can be a part of that,” Shanahan said. “But to think that we’ve made any decisions on anybody going into the future isn’t the case. Jimmy has won a lot of games for us. It’s a lot harder to win games when he’s not here. Just hoping we can get him back.”

Nick Mullens owns a 1-3 record as a starter this season in place of Garoppolo. The 49ers have dropped their past two games, mustering just 30 points combined against the Green Bay Packers and New Orleans Saints. Mullens has thrown for 1,390 yards with six touchdowns and six interceptions this season.

Garoppolo, who arrived in San Francisco in 2017 via a trade with the Patriots, has led the 49ers to a record of 24-9 as a starter, including the regular season and postseason. The team is 5-23 with someone else starting under Shanahan.

San Francisco (4-6) has a bye this week. A combination of how fast Garoppolo heals coupled with the 49ers’ playoff chances that will determine if he comes back this season. Garoppolo elected not to have surgery.

The 49ers play the Los Angeles Rams (6-3) in Week 12 on Nov. 29.

“I’m really holding out hope that Jimmy can get back and play some games with us,” Shanahan said. “I’m hoping that we can change a little bit of our outcomes so when he does come back and hopefully a few other people, they’re coming back for a reason.”

Running backs Tevin Coleman (knee) and Raheem Mostert (ankle), receiver Deebo Samuel (hamstring), cornerback Richard Sherman (calf) and linebacker Demetrius Flannigan-Fowles (hamstring) are scheduled to return against the Rams, according to Shanahan.

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Nov 5, 2020; Santa Clara, California, USA; San Francisco 49ers quarterback Nick Mullens (4) throws a pass during warm ups before a game against the Green Bay Packers at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

49ers to stick with Mullens at QB

Nick Mullens will get another chance at quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers, with a few extra days to prepare before next taking the field on Nov. 15 in New Orleans.

The day after the 49ers were throttled 34-17 by Green Bay at home, coach Kyle Shanahan said Friday he is willing to stick with Mullens despite a lackluster performance against the Packers.

Mullens, in his third season out of Southern Mississippi, completed 22 of 35 passes for 291 yards Thursday night with one touchdown and one interception. The TD pass — 41 yards to Richie James — didn’t come until five minutes remained in the game.

A true assessment of Mullens’ abilities was hard to come by, as the 49ers were missing multiple key players due to injury or COVID-19 restrictions. A high-ankle sprain to starting QB Jimmy Garoppolo gave Mullens his third start of the season.

But he was without key targets like tight end George Kittle (foot) and wide receivers Deebo Samuel (hamstring), Brandon Aiyuk (COVID-19) and Kendrick Bourne (COVID-19). Running back Raheem Mostert (ankle) also was out.

Shanahan said Monday that Mullens was not the reason the 49ers failed to stay competitive with the Packers.

Mullens is 91 of 133 this season for 1,143 yards, with five touchdowns and four interceptions. In 14 career games (11 starts) he is 267 of 407 for 3,420 yards with 18 TDs and 14 picks.

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Aug 17, 2020; Santa Clara, CA, USA; San Francisco 49ers quarterback Nick Mullens (4) looks for a receiver during training camp at SAP Performance Facility. Mandatory Credit: San Francisco 49ers/Pool Photo via USA TODAY Network

Garoppolo out for 49ers; Mullens to start vs. Giants

San Francisco 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan confirmed Nick Mullens will start at quarterback on Sunday against the New York Giants.

Jimmy Garoppolo is not ready to return from a high right ankle sprain suffered in last weekend’s 31-13 victory over the New York Jets.

Shanahan said on KNBR radio in San Francisco on Friday that C.J. Beathard will back up Mullens and that Garoppolo will be inactive.

Mullens, 25, completed 8 of 11 passes for 71 yards with one interception in relief of Garoppolo against the Jets. In 2018, he was 3-5 as a starter and completed 64.2 percent of his throws for 2,277 yards with 13 touchdowns and 10 picks.

Mullens started those eight games in 2018 after Garoppolo suffered a torn ACL.

Shanahan also said no decision had been made about the status of tight end George Kittle for Sunday. He has a sprained left knee and has been limited in practice this week.

–Field Level Media