Seahawks Have Quarterback Poached by Desperate Jets: Report

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Getty The latest Seattle Seahawks news reveals that the team is losing quarterback Brett Rypien to the New York Jets.

The latest Seattle Seahawks news reveals that the team is losing quarterback Brett Rypien who has been signed by the New York Jets. Seattle signed Rypien on November 10 as the team’s third quarterback. The initial move came as Geno Smith and Drew Lock have both battled injuries at different points this season.

“I’m told the Jets are signing QB Brett Rypien off of Seattle’s practice squad and are releasing Tim Boyle, per source,” CBS Sports’ Josina Anderson tweeted on December 5, 2023.

As a refresher, teams can sign players off opposing practice squads as long as they are added to the active 53-man roster. The Jets news comes as the team is searching for answers at quarterback. New York released Tim Boyle who was just the team’s starter against Atlanta in Week 13.

There have been conflicting reports on whether Zach Wilson is willing to suit up again this season. Aaron Rodgers has still not been cleared to play after sustaining an ACL injury in Week 1.

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The Seahawks signed Rypien not so coincidentally days before the team took on the Rams. Rypien played in two games for Los Angeles this season but did not suit up for Seattle.

It will be interesting to see if the Seahawks look to add a developmental quarterback in response. Rookie Holton Ahlers has had several stints with Seattle as the team’s third quarterback. As for the Jets, the team is looking for a starting quarterback with Wilson’s availability in doubt.

“Aaron Rodgers reached out to Zach Wilson in an effort to advise him to resume the starter role, but at the time, Wilson remained apprehensive due to perceived injury risk, per sources,” The Athletic’s Dianna Russini noted on Twitter on December 4.

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Smith created Seahawks news after signing a three-year, $75 million contract last offseason. The deal has a potential out for Seattle in 2024. Lock will be a free agent at season’s end as well. All this means plenty of questions surround the position heading into the offseason.

If Smith plays like he did against the Cowboys in Week 13, there is a good chance the Seahawks will avoid making a move. Smith threw for 334 yards, 3 touchdowns and an interception while completing 56% of his passes in Dallas.

The Athletic’s Dane Brugler’s latest mock draft has Seattle addressing the position in the first round. Brugler believes Michigan quarterback J.J. McCarthy would be a fit for the Seahawks and predicts the team will take him at No. 22.

“McCarthy is a polarizing prospect. He has all the tools, and NFL coaches will love the intangibles, but evaluators want to see him put the offense on his back and take over games,” Brugler wrote in a November 29 article titled, “2024 NFL Mock Draft: Bears take Caleb Williams, Jayden Daniels crashes top 10.” “It’s not that he can’t, it’s that he hasn’t really needed to given Michigan’s play style and schedule.

“General manager John Schneider and head coach Pete Carroll see Seattle as a win-now team, but at some point, they will invest in a young quarterback to develop.”