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Report: Broncos have been in touch with Ryan Fitzpatrick

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - AUGUST 29:  Ryan Fitzpatrick #14 of the New York Jets looks on from the bench in the fourth quarter against the New York Giants during preseason action at MetLife Stadium on August 29, 2015 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images) Getty Images

With Brock Osweiler in Houston and Peyton Manning retired, the Broncos need a quarterback.

The early word has been that a trade for 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick is a move they’d like to make to remedy that rather significant hole in their roster, but it’s far from a guarantee that they’ll be able to make that happen. As a result, they’re reportedly keeping tabs on other options.

Michael Silver of NFL Media reports that the Broncos have “been in touch” with the agent for Ryan Fitzpatrick, who tops the list of available free agent quarterbacks. In a twist that happens often in the NFL around this time of year, Fitzpatrick’s agent Jimmy Sexton also represents Osweiler.

Fitzpatrick has been talking to the Jets about returning after a strong 2015 season, but the two sides are reportedly “nowhere close” to agreeing on numbers that would keep him in Jersey.

Should the Jets lose Fitzpatrick to the Broncos, they might replace the Broncos as bidders for Kaepernick’s services in a trade. They could also consider signing Robert Griffin III, trying to swing a trade for another quarterback or turn the offense back over to Geno Smith, all of which are options likely to met with something less than glee by portions of the Jets fan base.

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79 Responses to “Report: Broncos have been in touch with Ryan Fitzpatrick”
  1. sminco123 says: Mar 10, 2016 6:49 PM

    Yes, yes, yes.
    Bronco Fan

  2. mattwalshvideo says: Mar 10, 2016 6:54 PM

    Fitzpatrick is all of sudden Joe Montana, comedy.

    Here’s a little tidbit for the dopey talking heads and scribes, the jets played no one last year, a schedule that was clock full of creampuffs, with the playoffs on the line against Buffalo Fitzpatrick laid a giant egg.

    He is what we thought he was, a back-up qb in the NFL.

    Geno Smith, RG3, Kapernick are all better than Fitzpatrick, all of them.

  3. genoinabottlenyj says: Mar 10, 2016 6:55 PM

    the jets can get something for geno if mr bill of QBs sam bradford can get all that money. as a jets fan I wouldnt mind RG3 paired up with chan gailey. gailey has gotten more out of a lot less. plus he has weapons with the jets he never had with the skins. pay RG3 3 years for 15 mil with incentives if he wins the starting job with petty and a vet.

  4. ericn42000 says: Mar 10, 2016 6:56 PM

    Hand the ball off to forte

  5. oddte says: Mar 10, 2016 6:57 PM

    This is Denver’s only chance at being relevant next year. RG3 and Kaepernick are duds.

  6. IB007 says: Mar 10, 2016 6:59 PM

    Desperate times lead to desperate measures ….

  7. xilikemenx says: Mar 10, 2016 6:59 PM

    Geno and the Jets! (sung to the tune of Benny and the Jets, sorry Elton).

  8. stealthjunk says: Mar 10, 2016 7:00 PM

    Good. Denver just needs a smart QB, and, stop me if you’ve heard this before, but Fitzpatrick went to Harvard!

  9. arwiv says: Mar 10, 2016 7:01 PM

    He’s the prudent move…..the heck with kap and rg3.

  10. ajg314 says: Mar 10, 2016 7:01 PM

    Let Fitzpatrick walk. All of a sudden he thinks he’s Joe Montana?

  11. michaele11111 says: Mar 10, 2016 7:02 PM

    While probably true, this is agent PR designed to “trump” up a little war and get the Jets to pay Fitz’s asking price. I doubt the Jets will fall for it and pay. Jets’ management isn’t the same group of old we are used to in the past. These guys are a little smarter than that. They will give a bit and so will Fitz. Can’t believe Bronco’s/Elway really want Fitz.

  12. lukedunphysscienceproject says: Mar 10, 2016 7:02 PM

    Called this one yesterday. At least 90% of Osweiler’s production for probably half the money, at most.

    Maybe it’s time to admit John Elway just might know what he’s doing.

  13. lscratchingthesurface says: Mar 10, 2016 7:05 PM

    Hope they as in Denver fall short on Fitz or Kap.

  14. selfpromotingqb says: Mar 10, 2016 7:09 PM

    Don’t play for Elway

  15. VenerableAxiom says: Mar 10, 2016 7:09 PM

    Jesus of the NFL, the savior of QB needy franchises who are without. Blessed are those without a QB, for they may inherit the Fitz.

  16. xrodzillax says: Mar 10, 2016 7:17 PM

    Fitzpatrick is way better than Geno Smith, better than RG3 and had a better season than Kaepernick his numbers are better than all 3 combined…..let’s get Fitzpatrick…..Elway will make it happen!!!… GO BRONCOS!!!

  17. jagsfan1 says: Mar 10, 2016 7:17 PM

    He is PERFECT for Denver…they have a great D…he is very smart…will not have to win games on his own…just convert about 5 3rd downs a game…

    I hope they get him. I am not a fan but for both sides I think it is a really good fit.

    I think he (Fitz) is smart enough to know that…

  18. fumblenuts says: Mar 10, 2016 7:20 PM

    This makes sense……remember Kap said he wanted to play for the Jets.

  19. hrod626 says: Mar 10, 2016 7:23 PM

    As a Jets & NFL fan for over 40 yrs I can say with all honesty & certainty that I would rather Geno (God forbid) & Kaep or RG III (Lord help) compete for the position, with all the talent on offense & more importantly in “Chan Gailey’s” system than overpay Fitzpatrick. Again, Elway has played in multiple SB & has been GM on 2 SB teams, he knows a thing or two about QBs. No way will he overpay for Fitz (who was originally brought to be Geno’s backup) who has neither the skill, talent, pedigree or youth of Brock or any of those other QBs recently signed. Elway is no fool. Neither is the Jets GM, Jets iMaster Mi-Kel Macc! Look what Chase Daniels got. Please people… Relax.

  20. intelligent cement says: Mar 10, 2016 7:24 PM

    It’s all about saving face. Horseface.

  21. VenerableAxiom says: Mar 10, 2016 7:26 PM

    Fortunately for the jets, they have Geno Smith to fall back on.

  22. skinsfan91 says: Mar 10, 2016 7:31 PM

    Luckiest back up in NFL history. Dude has made a career by winning a few regular season games.

  23. braddavery says: Mar 10, 2016 7:35 PM

    They need a game-manager. Fitz is certainly that. He had a better season than Peyton and Brock combined, so I don’t get the hate being thrown his way. The Jets may have been pretenders, but the Broncos aren’t. He could help them.

  24. plum54 says: Mar 10, 2016 7:38 PM

    It’s just hysterical that Denver doesn’t have a QB! What’s more hysterical are the candidates they have to choose from. Should be interesting to see who ends up there.
    Defense may win championships, but the team still needs a decent QB.

  25. jetsfan136 says: Mar 10, 2016 7:41 PM

    Fitz threw for 3,900 yards and 31 TD’s last year. You can’t just throw that out because it doesn’t conform to your prior opinion of him. Be a little objective.

  26. stealthjunk says: Mar 10, 2016 7:42 PM

    The nice thing is the Broncos and Jets aren’t going to engage in a bidding war — they’ll offer him what he’s worth, and it will be up to him to decide whether he wants to play for the Champions or the Jets.

  27. mmack66 says: Mar 10, 2016 7:45 PM

    Of course they have. He has the same agent as Osweiler.

  28. Andrew says: Mar 10, 2016 7:48 PM

    I think Jets fans will be able to accept any scenario that does not include Geno Smith starting for the Jets.

  29. dexx57 says: Mar 10, 2016 7:50 PM

    Much better choi ce than krapersuck. Or drama queen rg3. broncos d is good they could start Archie manning.

  30. dexx57 says: Mar 10, 2016 7:52 PM

    Chase daniel is most overpaid nfl player in history , never even been a starter, that will end Horribly for Philly.

  31. dorn09 says: Mar 10, 2016 7:54 PM

    Brock getting 18 Million per season for playing in 7 games has had a ripple effect. Every back up or marginal starter wants huge money now.

  32. steelerfan63 says: Mar 10, 2016 8:02 PM

    What has the NFL become when teams are fighting over Ryan Fitzpatrick? Thank God my team has a HOF Quarterback. He’s going to go out in win #7 for the city of Pittsburgh this season just to prove it.

  33. tooz72 says: Mar 10, 2016 8:05 PM

    as a Raider fan, I’d rather seem them sign one of the hood QBs, Fitz will actually give them a shot at being good again

  34. jag1959 says: Mar 10, 2016 8:06 PM

    mattwalshvideo says:
    Mar 10, 2016 6:54 PM
    Fitzpatrick is all of sudden Joe Montana, comedy.

    Here’s a little tidbit for the dopey talking heads and scribes, the jets played no one last year, a schedule that was clock full of creampuffs, with the playoffs on the line against Buffalo Fitzpatrick laid a giant egg.

    He is what we thought he was, a back-up qb in the NFL.

    Geno Smith, RG3, Kapernick are all better than Fitzpatrick, all of them.
    ________________

    Maybe you missed it but the Broncos got very little from the QB position last year and still managed to win the SB. While Fitz didn’t exactly tear it up neither did he screw it up. The Broncos may not be returning exactly the same team but taking away the names and going purely on performance Fitz would be an upgrade.

  35. suckafree9rs415 says: Mar 10, 2016 8:14 PM

    Bluff.

  36. getyourownname says: Mar 10, 2016 8:17 PM

    This is the best argument I have heard recently for using caller ID.

  37. jmc8888 says: Mar 10, 2016 8:24 PM

    Smart move.

    Fitzpatrick is far better then RGIII, Kaepernick, or Manziel. (three guys linked to the Broncos in recent days)

    It’s not even close. Fitzpatrick is a gamer, warrior, witty, and can lead a team with his desire and fire.

    He won’t be missing practices to party. He won’t be blaming OL’men for sacks. He will make more then one read.

    RGIII/Kaepernick/Manziel are mental midgets who simply cannot command the respect of anyone…. let alone that they can’t perform on the field as well.

    Fitz can do both. These guys neither.

    It’s hilarious people think these other guys are better. They aren’t.

    Denver should be thanking their lucky stars he is even available. With Fitz they have a chance to repeat. Probably don’t, but they have a legit shot.

    With any of these other guys they easily miss the playoffs due to complete incompetence at the QB position.

    Not to mention Manziel/RGIII can tear a team apart, and Kaepernick simply sucks so bad and is so mentally fragile he could too.

    Fitz would be a decent upgrade over a degraded Manning. These others would be a massive downgrade to a falling apart Manning.

  38. terry1824 says: Mar 10, 2016 8:33 PM

    Fitz might be their best fit. Kap has more talent but will make more mistakes. Fitz just might have problems if cj Anderson signs elsewhere and always dealing with D Thomas disappearing in big games. Over then that he can rely on his d keeping him in games. Denver still needs a smart qb that wont throw the game away. For all the talk that Denver got nothing from their qbs last year and could win with anyone, Brock doesn’t win that afc title game vs pats. They needed manning.

  39. charliebarley72 says: Mar 10, 2016 8:43 PM

    Going to try and get another wheezing geezer a pity SB to end his career with?

  40. RexCanCoach says: Mar 10, 2016 8:45 PM

    Build on something you had a part in. Fitzy, come back to the Jets and build on the success you had throwing to B. Marshall and Decker. Now you can hand the ball off to Forte and Bilal Powell is BACK. Plus we have an entire draft and Devin Smith will be healthy. The Jets are a now team how on earth can you possibly pass up this opportunity and Chan Gailey?

  41. bassplucker says: Mar 10, 2016 8:50 PM

    I would take him 10 times out of 10 over Kaepernick. And I can’t believe I just typed that.

  42. bigfan62 says: Mar 10, 2016 9:17 PM

    Forget all three (Kaep, Fitz, or RGIII), let Siemian grow into the position, and save the $$ for picking up quality OL next year. The kid has a ton of talent, and is super quick with reads and decision-making.

  43. fanofpft says: Mar 10, 2016 9:24 PM

    This is just a ploy so they can try to finagle a lower round pick to get Kap.

  44. tylawspick6 says: Mar 10, 2016 9:29 PM

    Much safer move for Gummy Horseface than trading a 1st rd pick for Kaeperdick.

  45. controlaltdeletedeletedelete says: Mar 10, 2016 9:35 PM

    RGIII to the Jets!

    …is a very Woody thing to do

  46. stew48 says: Mar 10, 2016 9:36 PM

    There is one among us who is a big fan. It must be NBA or MLB, not NFL.

  47. wreckintexin says: Mar 10, 2016 9:41 PM

    So if Denver ends up paying 18 mil a year for Fitz instead of Osweiler how do they feel? So much butt hurt from Denver so far for a guy they apparently didn’t want…

  48. milehighmagik7 says: Mar 10, 2016 9:50 PM

    Denver just needs a QB who can play at the same level Peyton did last year and that shouldn’t be 2 hard to find. Yhe D is still intact except dor 2 2nd tier players who other teams overpayed for. The big name guys like Von, Ware, Wolfe, Marshall, Talib, Harris Jr., Ward and Roby are still there. We hace proven we can not only beat our Divion but win the whole thing with below mediocre QB

  49. fanofpft says: Mar 10, 2016 9:57 PM

    They only have 17M cap space. They have to get Kap with his $13.425M cap hit in 2016.

  50. noteamforlosangeles says: Mar 10, 2016 9:57 PM

    Take Fitz….he’s more durable mentally and physically.

  51. raiderapologist says: Mar 10, 2016 10:00 PM

    The Jets let him walk. The Jets. Fitz is a hobo. Good luck with all that., Denver.

  52. boltergeist19 says: Mar 10, 2016 10:21 PM

    The mallard is a fool. Let me guess fitz was in your plan b? Right, this guy just became available. Denver is scurrying due to low balling BO. I think they will suffer with kap, grif, or whomever. They should trade a 1 & 2 to move up to get a qb. They are going to be a team with a good d and no qb and then be 8-8 or 7-9 for years that keeps them from getting a top 5 or 10 draft pick that limits them from what they could be and should be. When you have a great d and or team and suffer due to the qb position this is when you have to sell the farm to get what you need. Nice job mallard- errr Elway.

  53. mmack66 says: Mar 10, 2016 10:24 PM

    You Donkeys fans that think you can get by with a mediocre quarterback are delusional.

    Seattle has a pretty good quarterback and a defense that was basically even with the Donkeys defense last season, and they weren’t able to get back to the Super Bowl.

  54. albundy4tds1game says: Mar 10, 2016 10:36 PM

    Better off getting glennon

  55. shlort says: Mar 10, 2016 10:47 PM

    The Broncos only need a game manager. A Trent Dilfer type quarterback can be enough if the defense is good enough. Look at how good Kaeernick appeared when the defense gave the offense several extra possessions per game. That s what it is all about with a defers first team. Low scoring by your opponent and extra possessions for your offense.

  56. alliwantisluv says: Mar 10, 2016 10:51 PM

    Could do a lot worse than him.

  57. realtruthteller100 says: Mar 10, 2016 11:53 PM

    this is a heady move by the broncos. think about it, who better to fill peyton mannings helmet then a guy with a big harvard brain. sadly it will all be mush one day if u actually beleive concussions are real

  58. kobemanning says: Mar 10, 2016 11:58 PM

    Please god no. Just draft Dak Prescott or sign RG3.

  59. sdcharger123 says: Mar 11, 2016 1:09 AM

    Why aren’t the Jets keeping this guy? He gave them their best QB performance in years.

  60. patsfan4lifesbchamps says: Mar 11, 2016 2:34 AM

    As more days have passed it is becoming clear that Elway blew it with Osweiler. Despite the delusions of many Denver fans about a great defense, they were few plays away from missing the playoffs all together despite the so called great defense. Elway should have signed Osweiler.

  61. draculalambert says: Mar 11, 2016 3:31 AM

    Fitz is a beast

  62. varangia says: Mar 11, 2016 3:52 AM

    Fitz should be picked up for his beard alone.

  63. phillyfinsfan says: Mar 11, 2016 4:52 AM

    It’s a great year to be an average/inexperienced free agent QB.

  64. jlbay says: Mar 11, 2016 6:11 AM

    Philadelphia is waiting to hear from Denver; Bradford for their first rounder. Denver moves forward with a QB better than either of the guys who just left (Manning was limited at the end and Osweiler is over rated), at little of no premium over what Houston paid Denver’s back up. If not the their 1st rounder, Howie will take a 2nd and 4th.

  65. bubbybrister/shovelpass says: Mar 11, 2016 7:07 AM

    This is hilarious! The guy that the Jets got for a lowly 7th rounder last year because the QB starved Texans couldn’t stand to have him around is the Denver Broncos “savior” for a second SB!

    News Flash: this game manager journeyman has never been in a playoff game!

    The commenters today were the same ones that said the Jets were desperate last year… I hope he signs for 12mil a year so I can read all the donkey fans comments about how much he sucks!

  66. dolphins4 says: Mar 11, 2016 7:47 AM

    The Jets aren’t going after him harder because they have 2 really good young quarterbacks in Geno Smith and Bryce Petty.

  67. Spencer says: Mar 11, 2016 7:52 AM

    The Broncos are scrambling and clearly didn’t anticipate losing Osweiler.

  68. kissmysandwich says: Mar 11, 2016 8:03 AM

    REPORT: Teams with no QB talk to free agent QBs. Breaking Freakin’ News!!!!!!!

  69. wallabear says: Mar 11, 2016 8:08 AM

    Fitz is not better than Timmy Tebow, who threw a PASS to best the Steelers/Big Ben; nor better than VY10 who is currently still 3-0 versus Eli[te] Manning/G-Men (“over .500 team”). Jets should unload Fitz-fizzle, draft Brandon Doughty, a kid with real upside, give Geno “the keys to the Ferrari” but make him promise not to crash it like Fitz did, and gradually have Petty (Bryce) compete for the starting job. Take that cash-saving$ and bring in a Greg Olsen-like TE, a solid dink/dunk-style slot WR and an up-and-coming CB who Revis can tutor up. Then the Jets will be true contenders.

  70. steelerben says: Mar 11, 2016 8:22 AM

    No one that has watched RG3 play on a regular basis would suggest that he is the solution in Denver. He can’t play under center, he is confused by multiple reads, and he doesn’t keep his eyes upfield when he scrambles (which he will do unnecessarily). He does have some upside with arm strength and dynamic ability, but he needs much more polish than he currently has to be an effective quarterback.

    Fitzpatrick, Sanchez, Hoyer, McGloin, and Glennon would all be better suited to run Denver’s offense. The idea of a mobile quarterback playing in a system that is bootleg heavy is certainly attractive, but they have to be quarterback first and mobile second.

  71. awdlmd says: Mar 11, 2016 8:32 AM

    The reason Fitz is available is because everywhere he goes he raises hopes then disappoints. If he were a reliable starter he would still be in Buffalo, Tennessee or Houston. He is trying to get a contract based on last season but teams realize last season was an outlier. He is a lot closer to a Hoyer level journeyman than a legit starter.

  72. silvernblacksabbath says: Mar 11, 2016 8:40 AM

    mmack66 says:
    Mar 10, 2016 10:24 PM

    You Donkeys fans that think you can get by with a mediocre quarterback are delusional.

    Seattle has a pretty good quarterback and a defense that was basically even with the Donkeys defense last season, and they weren’t able to
    —————————————-
    Dude, they had a less than mediocre QB this year….his name was Peyton Manning…

  73. infectorman says: Mar 11, 2016 9:00 AM

    Fitzmagic ran out of fairy dust at the most inopportune moment – as usual – last year.

    He’d fit right in at Denver, because they just spent 4 years with the greatest Regular Season QB of all time. Fitzy is just like Pey-me, because he can’t win when it matters most.

    Donkeys*
    HGH*
    salarycapplunderers*

  74. mototax says: Mar 11, 2016 9:12 AM

    Matt Schaub is available. Or, TJ Yates. They know Kubiak’s offense too. Go for it!

  75. johnniemayes says: Mar 11, 2016 9:19 AM

    I’m a Broncos fan and y’all need to stop saying all we need is a game manager. That’s absurd. We want a great QB and we won’t stop till we find one.

    Kaepernick suffered from poor coaching and a bad organization. I think he’ll flourish with Gary Kubiak and playing for his childhood hero John Elway. We know he has the athletic ability and has been to a Super Bowl. He’s the Broncos best option right now.

  76. patsfan4lifesbchamps says: Mar 11, 2016 9:24 AM

    To Fitzpatrick’s credit, he stomped Brady in one game and was one Brandon Marshall’s drop away from stomping Brady twice to sweep their divisional series in 2015.

  77. laces out says: Mar 11, 2016 9:27 AM

    I remember when Matt Cassell had a great year and some Pats fans wanted to trade Brady and keep him. There’s a reason Fitz is on his 6th team.

  78. vikingforlife says: Mar 11, 2016 9:29 AM

    Honestly, I tried very hard NOT to read to other posts here. I have a very strong opinion of Ryan Fitzpatrick, Brandon Marshall and Matt Forte. I think they can work REALLY well together in NY. The Jets would be remiss in letting Mr. Fitz go. I really like him and the Broncos would be getting a quality guy. However, The Broncs really need a QB and Yikes the options are pretty slim pickins. Kap and RG3 might have to come in as a team and compete for the job with the way things are looking……

  79. arl716 says: Mar 11, 2016 9:37 AM

    I think AJ McCarron would be a good option. I don’t like Kap or RGIII, they don’t seem like good leaders. If Broncos are going to waste draft picks by trading for Kap, why don’t they go after Matthew Stafford or what about trading a third round pick to Saints for the CSU kid Grayson?

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