The Buccaneers would have to get creative in a trade, but bringing Nick Mullens to the roster could be beneficial to everyone involved.
It’s no shock that the 49ers love Mullens, especially after his impressive and unlikely stretch during 2018 when Jimmy Garoppolo went down, but the 49ers have two quality backups, and they will only need one because of money. The Bucs would have to give up a pick, but it could pay off in an unforeseen way.
During 2018, Mullens completed 64.2 percent of his passes and was playing at a pace that would have ended around 4,500 passing yards. The 49ers seem locked into their future with Garoppolo, and keeping Mullens on the team will be hard, especially with C.J. Beathard on the roster as a capable and cheaper backup.
Tampa Bay could bring in Mullens to be one of the best backup quarterbacks in the league, but they can also feel out if he could be the next franchise quarterback. It may seem like a stretch, but Mullens has already proved that he can succeed in the NFL, and that 49ers team was far less talented than the Buccaneers are now.
Even if it is just a long shot, trading a pick for a player with Mullens’ short track record is a risk worth taking, especially with a Super Bowl on the line.