Broncos trade Ryan Clady to Jets

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The Jets have their new starting left tackle.

Ryan Clady has been traded from the Broncos to the Jets, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. The trade comes a day after news broke that D’Brickashaw Ferguson, the Jets’ starting left tackle for the last decade, has decided to retire.

According to Schefter, the trade will see the Jets ship a fifth-round pick to Denver in exchange for Clady and a seventh-round pick. That might not sound like much, but considering that Clady is due a $9.5 million salary and has missed 30 games in the last three years, the Broncos may feel lucky that they got anything for him.

If the 29-year-old Clady can get healthy and play like he did at his best, he may be an upgrade from Ferguson. But he’s almost as expensive as Ferguson, and a lot less durable than Ferguson. This is a trade that could bring a big benefit to the Jets, but with Clady’s injury history, it’s also a trade that carries some risk.

The trade also opens up cap space for Denver, and could help facilitate a trade for Colin Kaepernick.

51 responses to “Broncos trade Ryan Clady to Jets

  1. As it stands now, the only way they can fit Kaepernick is to cut someone else, restructure someone else, or ship off a few of their top picks.

  2. IMO a huge gamble for the Jets….they rolled the dice with “Brick” and lost….nothing in Clady’s past few years suggest he’ll be even close to Fergerson. I guess we’ll see though.

  3. So did the Jets retain any cap space for a QB? It looks like their showdown w/ Ferguson was simply trying to save a few nickels and now they are back where they started – minus a 5th round pick…

  4. Wow. Unless they discussed a pay cut as part of the deal, sounds like they really screwed up by not just laying Ferguson what he was due to make.

  5. As a Raiders fan it pains me to say, I feel Elway got the better end of this deal. He basically traded a 7th for a 5th because Clady wasnt in their plans anyways.

  6. Brock would not give a home town discount, Kap would not take a pay cut to go to Denver, Clady is willing to take a pay cut to leave. Not a good look for the franchise.

  7. Clady restructured his deal to make the trade happen and A 5th round pick doesn’t seem like much of a risk for a 4 time pro bowler.

  8. So the Jets squeezed Ferguson, who never missed so much as a snap, for cap space and when he walked they used it on his replacement? A guy that may be an upgrade when out there but can’t stay on the field? Once again the Jets are up against the cap with holes at quarterback and pass rush but now Denver has badly needed cap room and they got it and a pick for a guy that they may have had to cut. I am no Bronco’s fan but the next fool who dogs Elway will have a hard time getting around this.
    I’m a Giants fan, can’t wait to hear Jets fans reacting to this

  9. great move by Elway. Broncos would have cut him before the start of the season. Now we have 10 picks in the draft.

    1, 2, 3, 3, 4, 5, 5, 6, 7, 7

  10. Brock would not give a home town discount, Kap would not take a pay cut to go to Denver, Clady is willing to take a pay cut to leave. Not a good look for the franchise.
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    1- Brock was severely overpaid for a QB that started 7 games in four years. Most Denver fans are happy Elway didn’t bankrupt the team for an unproven player(even though he was undoubtedly the plan after Manning left).

    2- Sackorpick hasn’t been relevant for nearly three years. And he got benched for Blain Gabbart. Overpaying for him would be also be a mistake.

    3- Clady was out of a job the moment they signed Okung. It was just a matter what they could get for him. He was NEVER part of the plan.

    4- As long as the defense plays 90% as well as they did last year, count on Denver being in the playoffs again(despite having Sanchez at QB).

  11. Healthy is not guaranteed in the NFL. As it stands right now, Clady is an upgrade over Ferguson. Good signing, now go pay Fitzpatrick.

  12. A Jets fans response –

    1. Dbricksaw Ferguson is a great guy but his play has declined a lot. Many teams would tell an aging vet in his last year of a contract that they want to renegotiate. Take a pay cut or be cut – the patriots do that all the time.

    2. A 5th round pick, isn’t much, though I’d rather not throw it away. IF Clady plays at the level of an average LT for a few years, the trade is fine. If he gets injured again, then it’s a bad deal. We shall see over the next 2 years.

    3. Lets wait for the contract details before we judge. If Clady takes a pay cut , then this looks OK.

    4. I think Elway has done a good job as GM for Denver.

    5. The Jets can come up with 7MM for Fitzpatrick, thats not hard to do. They won’t pay him 12MM or wahtever his agent wants. And he’s not that good a QB. Without being able to chuck the ball up for Brandon Marshall to haul in, he’d have mediocre stats. Not saying Geno Smith is any better though. Geno is most likely a bust, but I’d be ok going with him, than over paying Fitzpatrick for 2 years. The Jets need to rebuild, having drafted very poorly during the Rex Ryan era.

    >>jag1959 says:
    Apr 9, 2016 7:20 PM
    So the Jets squeezed Ferguson, who never missed so much as a snap, for cap space and when he walked they used it on his replacement? A guy that may be an upgrade when out there but can’t stay on the field? Once again the Jets are up against the cap with holes at quarterback and pass rush but now Denver has badly needed cap room and they got it and a pick for a guy that they may have had to cut. I am no Bronco’s fan but the next fool who dogs Elway will have a hard time getting around this.
    I’m a Giants fan, can’t wait to hear Jets fans reacting to this

  13. Congratulations J-E-T-S fans. Once again your idiot owner has found a way to turn gold into straw by exchanging Ferguson for Clady.

    So you saved money, lost an All-Pro who NEVER misses a snap and you now have a guy who can’t seem to get on the field.

  14. Denver just increased their chances to make it to another Superbowl. Both SuperBowl appearances Clady did not play.

  15. For that Bronco fan thinks they can reach Super Bowl with Sanchez, they must be high. But then again it’s legal in Colorado.

  16. Clady restructured his deal so all you noobs can relax. Jets get to still keep 6 draft picks and have secured their LT position. Obviously the Jets will make sure Clady passes a physical for this trade to go through. Maccagg continues to improve the team and fill holes even when he is strapped for cash. Mike Maccagnan might win GM of the year again.

  17. So the Jeta traded a 5th round pick to save 1 million dollars and traded out a guy who never misses a game for a guy who missed 2 of 3 years.

  18. Elway is digging through the dumpster for a QB to defend the super bowl title. Bronco fan can save it telling all of us how Elway is a genius and will have this team ready to repeat with their pick of the who’s who of schmoe QB’s. So you cleared cap space to sign or trade for a scrub QB, congratulations. If you’re honest with yourself you know this offseason had been an epic fail.

  19. Rather than just trashing this trade because everyone on the site loves trashing the Jets, consider the following:

    1. While Ferguson has had a great career, he was one of the worst LT’s in the league last year. PFF ranked him 60 out of 77 LT’s. Assuming Clady is healthy (I’m sure the Jets did their due diligence), he will be a MAJOR upgrade over Ferguson.

    2. Clady re-worked his contract and took a pay cut to make the deal happen. This move does save the Jets money and considering that they had less than $1M in cap space before Ferguson retired, a couple million in savings is huge for the team.

    Yes, there is risk here for the Jets if Clady does not stay healthy. However, Ferguson was contemplating retirement all along and the Jets asking for a pay cut was not necessarily the sole reason for Ferguson deciding to retire. Clady was by far the best option out there for the Jets.
    3. The Broncos have three 7th round picks this year (Houston and San Fran) so the pick the Jets receive is not necessarily the last pick in the draft.

  20. It is on paper a solution at left tackle, but pretty risky. Clady can’t seem to stay healthy and after missing 2 years, who knows where his body is at. Could be great, could be bad…time and health will tell.

    Elway sure seems to want to cut everyone’s salary. I bet Elway the player would hate Elway the GM. I predict a wildcard for Denver this season, losing in the last second on a costly Sanchez pick.

  21. This doesn’t make sense. They’re willing to pay the injury-prone Ryan Clady that much money but not the durable Ferguson? And had to surrender a draft pick…Guess it’s a desperation move

  22. This is a teaching moment for anyone interested in becoming a super bowl winning GM. Just watch John Elway very carefully and take a lot of notes.

  23. Denver has 10 picks coming up. I’m speculating that they will put together some trade package to move up and land one of the top three QB’s or keep adding studs to the defense. There is no chance that they will draft 10 players.

  24. You need to see what the restructure is before you judge the trade. If he reduced his base to 5 mil a year from bricks numbers that were nearly 3 times that and Clady remains healthy, Mac looks great. If Clady’s knees explode Elway looks like a genius. Im pretty sure the Jets gave him a physical. A year off does a body good.

  25. Jet fans love this…A 4 time pro bowler for less $ than Ferguson and is 3 years younger. Ferguson’s cap hot was 14 mil, saving almost 5 mil, while getting younger. Macgnan had this set up all along. touche

  26. As the starting quarterback, I would be interested in Geno Smith’s take on this.

  27. Guess some of these diehard Jet fans or whoever is posting here hasn’t been watching Ferguson play the last 3 years. He’s not good anymore. He was always a shaky pass blocker, and now he’s been just flat out bad. So they traded out a bad player for an injury prone one. My guess is that they still draft a guy since that offense still has lots of holes. Also, I want to meet all of these people who actually think Ryan Fitzpatrick is good. With a playoff spot on the line last December, he did what he’s always done, throw the game away. He’s mediocre and was made to look better by Marshall, something he’s been doing his whole career. Just ask Jay Cutler. Just like the Broncos asking Kaepernick to take less because the money can be spent better elsewhere, the Jets are rightfully asking Fitzpatrick to do the same. I’d only offer him $5 mil a year. They’re being generous.

  28. I like Clady. I really do believe he was one of the reasons Manning picked Denver. That said, he’s a gamble and Denver made 2 of the last 3 super bowls without him. He lives on IR, and eats huge chunks of cap. If healthy he’s great, but you can win without him and his cap number.

  29. The restructure of Cladys contract makes it imperative that he remain healthy for 2016. Big MacC does it again!

  30. That’s was fast looks like the Jets are getting more and more competent. They have the executive of the year as their GM while my team has their old GM, Great. Thanks Ross

  31. I guess folks miss the part where Brick retired, and partially for a reason not mentioned here.

    But for sure, Brick’s play had been on the downslope for a couple years. So he faced the issue of renegotiating, or getting cut, thus finding out what his REAL value would have been.

    No, Brick is much smarter than that, doesn’t need to hang on for a paycheck and walks away from the game, relatively wealthy with his health. He’s got nothing left to prove.

  32. Still impressed with Mac. Ferguson retiring was a surprise but not a disaster thanks to a good move. The ability to choose the ‘best player available’ in the draft depends a lot on what happens before the draft and he’s doing just fine in my eyes.

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