By Matt Barbato
Cross another quarterback off of New York’s list.
The Jets are no longer in the Colin Kaepernick sweepstakes, according to a report from NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport. He also mentioned that the Cleveland Browns, who signed fellow mobile quarterback Robert Griffin III on Thursday, are no longer pursuing the 49ers quarterback.
This might mark the final chapter in the Kaepernick-Jets saga, which began heating up as early as February when Kaepernick reportedly said he wanted to play for the Jets.
The Jets are currently stuck in a stalemate with last year’s starter, Ryan Fitzpatrick, and have been exploring their options throughout the offseason. Reports surfaced that the Jets were looking into trading for Kaepernick in March, but that interest has clearly diminished.
The options are dwindling for Gang Green, which means negotiations with Fitzpatrick could intensify in the coming days. The best remaining options could be Houston Texans QB Brian Hoyer, Cleveland’s Josh McCown and Tampa Bay’s Mike Glennon. All three would have to be acquired through a trade.
The free agent options include Johnny Manziel, Bruce Gradkowski, Tarvaris Jackson, T.J. Yates, Michael Vick, Josh Johnson, Josh Freeman and Jimmy Claussen.