As the New York Jets try to figure out what to do with their quarterback situation following Aaron Rodgers’ season-ending Achilles injury, it appears one potential target is off the board.
Jonathan Jones of NFL on CBS reported Thursday that the Jets had interest in Los Angeles Rams practice squad quarterback Brett Rypien, but Rypien chose to remain with the Rams and Los Angeles signed him to replace Stetson Bennett, who is on the non-football injury list.
Source: The Jets expressed interest to sign Rams QB Brett Rypien to their 53-man roster this week. Rypien, who played under Jets OC Nathaniel Hackett in Denver, opted to stay with the Rams and join their active roster after L.A. placed Stetson Bennett on the reserve/NFI list.
— Jonathan Jones (@jjones9) September 14, 2023
As Jones notes, Rypien is familiar with Jets offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett. The fourth-year quarterback went 1-1 in two starts in place of the injured Russell Wilson last season on the Hackett-coached Denver Broncos.
A college standout at Boise State, the 2018 Mountain West Offensive Player of the Year went undrafted in the 2019 NFL Draft but signed with the Broncos and remained in Denver before heading to Los Angeles this past offseason.
Rypien is the nephew of Super Bowl XXVI MVP Mark Rypien, and was born and raised in Spokane before going to Boise, then Denver, and Los Angeles. He likely is perfectly content playing on the West Coast, especially now that he has been elevated from the Rams’ practice squad to the main roster.
The Jets seem to be going with Zach Wilson in their Week 2 meeting with the Dallas Cowboys, but Wilson is not expected to be the long-term solution, as the team has been in contact with multiple free agents.