The Denver Broncos have signed quarterback Brett Rypien to a futures contract.
He will be officially added to the team’s roster at the start of the new league year, which begins on Wednesday, March 18, 2020. Rypien dressed for three games in his rookie season in the Mile High City.
Rypien can obtain his Canadian citizenship because his father Tim was born in Calgary making him eligible for dual-citizenship via jus sanguinis. Uncle Mark quarterbacked the Washington Redskins to two Super Bowl titles.
The B.C. Lions have Rypien on their negotiation list while knowing about his Canadian lineage and therefore his potential as a national. Rypien impressed NFL and CFL scouts at the East-West Shrine Game in January. He completed 10-of-14 passes for 134 yards and one touchdown in leading the West team to victory at Tropicana Field.
The 23-year-old was signed as an undrafted free agent following the 2019 NFL draft and earned a practice roster spot after a strong training camp and pre-season completing 21-of-44 (61 percent) for 207 yards with one touchdown, two interceptions.
He started for the Boise State University Broncos since winning the job as a freshman in 2015, throwing for 13,578 yards – tops in Mountain West Conference history – and 90 touchdowns including 30 during his senior season with a 40-13 win-loss record.
As Rypien gains more experience in the NFL, chances of him coming north of the border decrease.