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Report: Ryan Clady visits Seahawks

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The veteran left tackle market thinned out early in free agency, but Ryan Clady wasn’t among the players to find homes.

His efforts to change that reportedly include a trip to Seattle. Field Yates of ESPN.com reports that Clady visited with the Seahawks on Friday.

Clady was traded to the Jets before last season and started at left tackle for the first half of the season before going on injured reserve with a torn rotator cuff. It’s the third time in the last four years that Clady suffered a season-ending injury and his inability to remain healthy has halted a career that saw him start the first 80 games of his NFL career with the Broncos.

The Seahawks have also signed Luke Joeckel this offseason and they’ll likely be sorting out their offensive line until we’re much closer to the start of the regular season. If healthy, Clady should have a good shot at grabbing a chair when the music stops but that’s a big if given recent history.

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12 Responses to “Report: Ryan Clady visits Seahawks”
  1. fumblenuts says: Mar 17, 2017 6:17 PM

    Maybe take a low-cost flyer on him…..

  2. DrSteveBrule says: Mar 17, 2017 6:29 PM

    Sign him for one year even if it is to help teach these young guys. Maybe even bring Jahri Evans back as well. Britt and Sowell were the only experienced starters on the line last season. Experience doesn’t just help teams on game day.

  3. osiris33 (bandwagon since 1976) says: Mar 17, 2017 6:41 PM

    Clady and Joeckel on the left side would be a big improvement

  4. jackedupboonie says: Mar 17, 2017 6:56 PM

    What exactly is low cost? Joeckel was suppose to be that and he got 7 guaranteed. They cut last years 2 free agent signings. This junk yard shopping gets old.

  5. thisoneguy1 says: Mar 17, 2017 6:58 PM

    osiris33 (bandwagon since 1976) says:
    Clady and Joeckel on the left side would be a big improvement

    Two rotting corpses on the left side would be a big improvement, if only because defenders would have to step over them on their way to Russell Wilson.
    Seriously, no reason not to take a flyer on guys like that if the cost is not prohibitive (and it doesn’t seem to be), even if they’re just stopgaps.
    It’s not unheard of for a guy with Ruan Clady’s talent and injury history to suddenly have a healthy season and return to something close to his old form.
    Luke Joeckel underachieved and is also coming off an injury, but you never know what better coaching and a change of scenery can do for some guys. There was a lot to like about him coming into the league.
    Getting something out of one of them would help. If they both pan out, Seattle wins. If neither pan out, it’s not that big a loss.

  6. thisoneguy1 says: Mar 17, 2017 7:09 PM

    jackedupboonie says:
    They cut last years 2 free agent signings. This junk yard shopping gets old.
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    Until they draft and develop a couple of long-term studs for what has been a long-neglected line, Seattle has no choice but to go junk-yard shopping as a stop-gap measure.
    When one doesn’t pan out, you take a chance on another.
    It’s not the ideal solution, but what else are they going to do? Offensive linemen that can step in and be effective from Day 1 are not plentiful where Seattle usually drafts, and this year’s free agent market was not exactly stacked with players the Seahawks could afford.
    When you have holes all up and down the line, the problem is magnified.

  7. osiris33 (bandwagon since 1976) says: Mar 17, 2017 7:36 PM

    thisoneguy1 says:

    Luke Joeckel underachieved and is also coming off an injury, but you never know what better coaching and a change of scenery can do for some guys. There was a lot to like about him coming into the league.
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    Carroll’s comments the other day made it pretty clear they think Joeckel was under coached at Jacksonville.

  8. chawk12thman says: Mar 17, 2017 7:38 PM

    Lynch has to be hoping they sign Clady and cut further into the available cap space. Once the Seahawks are below 9 million, he will surely “unretire” so he can force his release.

  9. thisoneguy1 says: Mar 17, 2017 7:56 PM

    osiris33 (bandwagon since 1976) says:
    Mar 17, 2017 7:36 PM
    Carroll’s comments the other day made it pretty clear they think Joeckel was under coached at Jacksonville.

    Agreed. It was Jacksonville, after all (sorry Jags fans, I know you’re getting better).

  10. intrafinesse says: Mar 17, 2017 8:50 PM

    Clady played poorly with the Jets and got hurt again.
    I’d not pin my hopes on him.

  11. thisoneguy1 says: Mar 17, 2017 9:16 PM

    intrafinesse says:
    Clady played poorly with the Jets and got hurt again. I’d not pin my hopes on him.

    You raise a fair point.
    However, there’s a difference between “pinning your hopes” on someone and taking a flyer on them.
    Offering him a big contract with no Plan B in the wings would be pinning your hopes on him.
    Bringing him and several others in on reasonable or incentive-laden contracts in the hope that one pans out falls into the latter category, I think.

  12. backuppunter says: Mar 17, 2017 9:35 PM

    a combination of over the hill veterans and young players willing to play 2 or 3 positions in the same game might be enough for a team as talented as the seahawks. sometimes it works, lots of subbing through out the game. at this point I would sure try it if I were seattle

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