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Report: Broncos have been in touch with Ryan Fitzpatrick

The Jets QB could be more appealing to Denver than 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick.

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.