Broncos news: Undrafted free agent QB Brett Rypien chose Denver because of OC Rich Scangarello
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Undrafted free agent QB Brett Rypien chose Broncos because of OC Rich Scangarello

Rich Scangarello, Brett Rypien, Broncos

Former Boise State Broncos quarterback Brett Rypien unfortunately went undrafted last month in Nashville, Tennessee. However, the good news is that Rypien has since latched on with the Denver Broncos en route to signing with the AFC West franchise as an undrafted free agent.

Rypien’s deal with the Broncos includes $146,000 in guaranteed money, a $10,000 signing bonus, and an assured spot on the practice squad if he clears waivers. Nonetheless, that is not the sole reason that the up-and-coming signal caller chose to sign with the Broncos in the end.

“I wanted a team that was going to be invested in my development,” Rypien recently told Nicki Jhabvala of The Athletic. “I knew the coaching staff believed in me and thought I was a draftable player. I had a really good relationship with [offensive coordinator Rich] Scangarello throughout the entire pre-draft process, so I think that was probably the biggest part for me. I want to go to a place where I knew I was going to get a shot to develop and be a guy eventually.”

Of course, the Broncos just acquired former Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco earlier in the offseason with the veteran signal caller slated to serve as the team’s starter under center in 2019-20. With the Broncos also going on to select former Missouri Tigers quarterback Drew Lock in the 2019 NFL Draft, Rypien does not have a tremendous chance of making the team’s eventual 53-man roster.

Even so, Scangarello helped lure the soon-to-be rookie quarterback to Denver.