By Matt Barbato
UPDATE (9:35 p.m. ET): According to reports, the Jets and Clady agreed to a one-year, $6 million restructured deal that includes $3 million guaranteed with up to $1.5 million in bonuses. Also, there is a one-year team option worth $10 million in base salary and up to $3 million in additional incentives.
The New York Jets might have filled the void at left tackle created by D’Brickashaw Ferguson’s retirement.
The Jets acquired offensive tackle Ryan Clady and a seventh-round pick from the Denver Broncos in exchange for a fifth-round selection, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Denver has agreed to trade four-time Pro-Bowl OT Ryan Clady and a 7th-round pick to the Jets for a 5th-round pick, league sources told ESPN.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 9, 2016
The former first-round pick in the 2008 draft missed the entire 2015 season with a torn ACL suffered last May. The four-time pro bowler has struggled with injuries throughout his career. He suffered a torn patella tendon in 2010 and a LisFranc fracture in 2013.
Clady was regarded as one of the best young offensive tackles in the league before injuries struck. At 29 years old, Clady is far from a safe bet to make it through the entire 2016 season.
Ironically, the Jets are replacing one an injury-free player in Ferguson with the seriously injury-prone Clady. If Clady can stay healthy, he could be a stellar replacement for one of the franchise’s most reliable players. He is an athletic pass blocker who is one of the best at his craft when healthy.
Clady’s addition may fill the vacancy at left tackle, but the Jets could afford to bolster their offensive line further. They still have a glaring hole at right guard and could afford to upgrade at right tackle if possible. The Jets have approximately $9 million in cap space after Ferguson called it quits after 10 seasons.
This trade also leaves the Jets without a fifth or sixth round pick in the 2016 NFL Draft. It’s the second time GM Mike Maccagnan has dealt away his fifth-round selection. Last year, Maccagnan traded his fifth-rounder to the Chicago Bears for Brandon Marshall. The hope is that this trade is equally as successful as that one.