Las Vegas Raiders Sell Quarterback in Time for 2022 Season

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Two weeks before the 2022 NFL Season begins, the Las Vegas Raiders made an important trade. It was made public Monday that the Raiders traded quarterback Nick Mullens to the Minnesota Vikings. The Vikings exchanged Mullens for a conditional seventh round pick in the 2024 NFL Draft. Mullens has to pass a physical before this trade can take place. 

Since they already had Derek Carr, the Raiders didn’t need a quarterback and also acquired Jarrett Stidham in the offseason. Mullens is in line to become the Vikings backup quarterback. KellenMond and Sean Mannion were competing for the position during training camp. Mannion and Mond completed 20 of 35 passes for the 147 yard touchdown on Saturday. Mond also threw two interceptions. Kirk Cousins is the Vikings starting QB who signed a one-year, $35 million fully guaranteed contract extension during the offseason. 

“Ultimately you would have loved to come out of the night feeling like, shoot, they both moved the team and scored a lot of points and we’ve got a heck of a hard discussion and conversation ahead as a staff and as an organization,” Vikings head coach Kevin O’Connell said Saturday night, per ESPN. “Although we didn’t do that, I still think there were some real teachable moments and then some real moments where we’ll be able to evaluate and kind of really look at where we are at that position as we kind of restack everything to go into this week to see how we need to allow those guys to compete.”

Mullens (27 years old) was originally signed by San Francisco 49ers in 2017 to be an undrafted free agent. In 2017, he was part of the team’s practice roster, so he didn’t see much action. After Jimmy Garoppolo tore an ACL, Mullens received a promotion to the active roster and was placed on ineligible reserve. He participated in eight games, with eight starts. He completed 64.2% his passes while throwing for 2,277 yard, 13 touchdowns and ten interceptions. Mullens only played in one 2019 game, but he played in 10 with eight starts in 2020 after Garoppolo sustained a leg injury. Mullens completed 64.7%, or 2,437 yards and 12 touchdowns of his passes during the season. 

Mullens signed in 2021 with the Philadelphia Eagles, but was fired before the season even began. He signed with the Cleveland Browns in September and played one game against the Raiders, throwing for 147 yard and one touchdown. Mullens would sign earlier in the year with Raiders.