EAGAN, Minn. – The Vikings have added a new quarterback..
Minnesota acquired Nick Mullens from the Raiders via trade, the team announced Monday.
A former standout at Southern Miss, Mullens started his NFL journey as an undrafted free agent with San Francisco in 2017. He spent the first four seasons of his career as a backup QB for the 49ers.
Mullens joined the Eagles for a couple of months during the 2021 preseason before being waived and signed by the Browns. He started for Cleveland in Week 15 last year after fellow quarterbacks Baker Mayfield and Case Keenum tested positive for COVID-19. Mullens was 20-of-30 passing for 147 yards and a touchdown in a 16-14 loss to the Raiders.
Ironically, the Raiders signed Mullens in April 2022, and he's spent this offseason and preseason in Las Vegas.
The Vikings got a firsthand look at Mullens on Aug. 14 when they played the Raiders in their preseason opener. He finished the game 7-of-9 passing for 94 yards and a touchdown, totaling a passer rating of 147.2.
New Vikings General Manager Kwesi Adofo-Mensah knows Mullens well, as the quarterback overlapped with Adofo-Mensah in San Francisco and Cleveland.
Here are five things to know about Minnesota's new quarterback:
View photos of QB Nick Mullens who was traded to the Vikings on Aug. 22.
1. And Mullens makes 4
Mullens enters a Minnesota quarterbacks group led by set-in-stone starter Kirk Cousins.
Kellen Mond and Sean Mannion have thus far been sharing reps in a competition for the No. 2 spot behind Cousins, and each has seen his share of struggles in Minnesota's first two exhibition contests.
Through those first two games, Mond is 19-of-34 passing for 201 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. Mannion has completed 18 of 27 passes for 144 yards with no touchdowns and no picks.
Mullens now enters the mix. It remains to be seen how much he might play at Denver in the Vikings third and final preseason game.
2. Has 17 starts under his belt
Mullens may be primarily viewed as a backup, but he's no stranger to playing in NFL games.
During his time with the 49ers, he started 16 of the 19 games he appeared in and racked up 4,405 passing yards. That yardage total ranks third all-time in a quarterback's first 16 starts behind Patrick Mahomes (5,100) and Justin Herbert (4,673).
Mullens' career numbers to this point are 407-of-630 passing for 4,861 yards, 26 touchdowns and 22 interceptions. His passer rating is 87.3.
3. Southern Miss connection
Mullens shares the Southern Mississippi connection with Pro Football Hall of Famer Brett Favre, who played most of his career in Green Bay before notching his best statistical season with Minnesota in 2009.
Mullens trained with Favre ahead of his Pro Day in 2017.
Mullens totaled 11,994 passing yards and 87 touchdowns at Southern Miss.
4. Comes from a baseball family
Mullens' grandfather, Ernie Tabor, pitched in the Philadelphia Phillies minor league system in the 1950s. His uncle, Scott Tabor, holds the Arkansas Razorbacks records for most career wins; Scott also went on to pitch professionally in the minor leagues.
5. Dad of 2 … plus a pup!
Mullens and his wife Haleigh have two boys: Luke Clayton, born in August 2019, and Jack Samuel, born this past March.
The family also has a dog, Scout.
Nick and Haleigh recently celebrated their five-year wedding anniversary.