The Denver Broncos have extended an exclusive rights free agent tender to quarterback Brett Rypien, ensuring the Boise State product will remain with the team next season.
As a player with two or fewer accrued NFL seasons, Rypien cannot negotiate with any other teams now that he has been tendered. The required qualifying offer is a one-year deal at league minimum.
Rypien initially signed signed with the Broncos as an undrafted free agent in 2019, but time on the practice squad does not count towards his accrued NFL seasons. He dressed for one game in 2021, for a total of five in his career.
Rypien started one game for the Broncos in 2020, throwing for 242 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions in a 37-28 victory over the New York Jets. He has earned approximately $2 million so far in his NFL career.
The 25-year-old was born in Spokane, Wash. but his father is a native Calgarian, meaning he is eligible for dual-citizenship via jus sanguinis in Canada. His uncle, Mark Rypien, quarterbacked the Washington Football Team to two Super Bowl titles and was named the MVP of Super Bowl XXVI.
Rypien was a four-year starter at Boise State where he passed for 13,578 yards, 90 touchdowns and 29 interceptions while being named three-time first-team all-Mountain West Conference.
The extremely efficient passer would be highly coveted by teams if he were to ever apply for the CFL Draft as a national, but that does not appear likely to happen anytime soon.