Quarterback Nick Mullens signed his one-year tender to return to the 49ers as an exclusive rights free agent, a league source confirmed.
Mullens had no outside negotiating power and no other choice but to return to the 49ers on a one-year, $750,000 contract for the 2020 season. ESPN first reported his official signing. He is scheduled to be a restricted free agent at the conclusion of the upcoming year, and figures to be in line for a significant raise on another one-year contract or a multi-year extension.
Mullens did not attempt any passes in 2019, as starting quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo put together one of the best seasons for a 49ers quarterback in the past two decades. Garoppolo ranked among the 49ers’ all-time single-season leaders in yards passing (3,978), passer rating (102.0), completion percentage (69.1) and touchdowns (27).
Mullens won the backup job last season over C.J. Beathard after finishing strong in 2018, when Garoppolo was sidelined for the final 13 games with a torn ACL in his left knee.
Mullens proved to be more than just a worthy quarterback when he got his opportunity in the second half of the 2018 season. He started eight games that season and averaged 285 passing yards per game.
He finished the 2018 season, ranking fourth all-time in passing yards through eight games behind only Patrick Mahomes, Andrew Luck and Cam Newton.
Although he did not see any meaningful playing time in 2019, Mullens told NBC Sports Bay Area late in the season that he felt he had made improvements behind the scenes and was even more confident in his ability to perform at a high level when he gets his next opportunity.
Also, Mullens switched representation, as Creative Artists Agency announced he is now among their clients. Jimmy Sexton, James Denton and Patrick Collins are listed as his agents.