5 options at QB if Vikings lose Kirk Cousins to injury in 2020

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Trade for Nick Mullens

Trading for this 49ers backup quarterback is thought-provoking because he displayed ample promise in an eight-game stint two seasons ago.

Nick Mullens led the 2018 49ers to 3-5 record, which is, obviously, not titillating. Yet San Francisco only won four games in that season and Nick led the way in three of those contests while being just 23-years-old.

Mullens is now 25 and the third-year signal-caller from Southern Mississippi is also affordable. In 2020, he is slated to make $750,000 before becoming a restricted free agent in nine months. The contract situation would (more than) fit the Vikings’ current cap situation. In theory, Mullens should be attainable in exchange for a fifth-round draft pick or so.

In his rookie campaign, he tossed 13 touchdowns, 10 interceptions, on an impressive 90.8 passer rating. Even more encouraging was his passing yards accrual as Mullens threw for 285 yards per game in 2017.

It just might work.