Elway acknowledges Clady’s “tremendous impact” while trading him to the Jets

AP

The Jets and Broncos have announced the deal that has sent tackle Ryan Clady from Denver to New York, making Clady the replacement for retired left tackle D’Brickashaw Ferguson. The Broncos received a fifth-round pick and included a seventh-round selection to close the deal.

“Ryan was a great Bronco who made a tremendous impact on our team during his eight seasons in Denver,” Broncos G.M. John Elway said in a team-issued release. “In addition to becoming a Pro Bowl player, he was such a positive presence in our locker room and community. Our organization thanks Ryan for his many contributions and wishes him all the best in the next chapter of his NFL career.”

Clady became expendable in Denver because two of his most three recent chapters consisted of largely blank pages. A foot injury suffered in September 2013 on the same field he’ll now play his home games wiped out the rest of the season, and a knee injury sustained during offseason workouts last year wiped out all of 2015.

Coincidentally, the Broncos made it to the Super Bowl without Clady in 2013, and they won it without him in 2015.

The first-round pick in 2008 made it to the Pro Bowl in 2009, 2011, 2012, and 2014. In 2013, he signed a five-year, $52.5 million contract while restricted by the franchise tag. He re-worked the final two years of the deal to facilitate the trade.

17 responses to “Elway acknowledges Clady’s “tremendous impact” while trading him to the Jets

  1. Would have been better if the Jets could have kept Ferguson for similar money

    So exactly who is Clady protecting in NY?

    Gift of the Magi: NY Jets style – they have a good injury prone LT but can’t afford a QB for him to protect!

  2. “Would have been better if the Jets could have kept Ferguson for similar money”

    Not if Clady stays healthy. He’s younger than Ferguson, better than Ferguson, and is cheaper than Ferguson.

  3. Wouldn’t it be nice to be John Elway. He was a prized recruit coming out of high school. Went to Stanford and was an All American. Graduated from Stanford. Played in the New York Yankees system. Was the number one pick in the NFL draft. Led his team to 2 super bowl championships. Was elected to the pro football Hall of Fame. Became GM of the Denver Broncos. Won a super bowl as GM. He’s still a very young man. There most certainly is a lot to be jealous of if you’re the jealous type. A lot to be respected if you’re an American sports fan.

  4. Elway acknowledges Clady’s “tremendous impact” while trading him to the Jets
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    Elway is a back stabber. Not to mention that he’s a horse face as well.

  5. j0esixpack says:
    Apr 10, 2016 7:07 PM

    Would have been better if the Jets could have kept Ferguson for similar money

    So exactly who is Clady protecting in NY?

    Gift of the Magi: NY Jets style – they have a good injury prone LT but can’t afford a QB for him to protect!
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    And I assume that you’re a Broncos fan. Oh, the irony.

  6. Ferguson had a great career, but he had a huge cap hit this year, and his play had really declined of late. Yes he was ultra durable, but OL was not a strength of the Jets this past year. Not much sense to pay him top dollar. Yes Ferguson likely would have been better than the next guy up, but the next guy up until the trade would have made peanuts and jets are tight on cap.

    Still. LT is the most important spot on the line. Clady has been hurt, but when he was healthy he has been a more accomplished player than Ferguson. He’ll make more than a 5th rd draft pick, but at least the Jets don’t have a green rookie or lightly regarded player at LT. They maybe can save more money cutting RT breno giacomini and replace him with a draft pick. Breno was replacement level or worse last year.

    It might be nice to get a RT in draft that can maybe flip to LT in a few years. At least Jets can still take best player available at 20

    There is some risk, but last year Jets GM mike maccagnan got Brandon Marshall for a 5th rd pick and Fitzpatrick for a 6th rd pick. Now Clady for a 5th and got a 7th back.

    yeah Jets need to re-sign Fitzpatrick, but..uh.. Geno is still cheap. He has played behind a terrible OL with 1 decent WR and no running game to speak of. If he plays now, it will be with vastly better running backs with Matt Forte, Marshall/Decker and Maybe Eric Smith, Jace Amaro at TE (after last year on IR)

    Only problem is schedule is much tougher this year…so..still could be 4-12. But Competitive. Maybe.

  7. Clady agrees to take a pay cut for the Jets but refuses to do so for the team that covered all of his salary after multiple seasons where he didn’t play a down.

    Yeah Elway is the back stabber. Ignorant puke

  8. waldoampere says: Not if Clady stays healthy. He’s younger than Ferguson, better than Ferguson, and is cheaper than Ferguson.
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    I think it’s a given the Jets were hoping Ferguson would take Clady money

    Why is Clady so cheap you ask if he’s so much better? Because he’s injured. The “if he stays healthy” is relevant mainly because he hasn’t

    It’s like saying “If he stays sober, Manziel is a better QB than Brady because he’s younger and cheaper”

    Um – sure, I guess – but what makes anyone think that’s going to happen?

  9. After Elway fired Fox and then won a Super Bowl, I will never question his moves again.
    The Browns have REFUSED to bring Bernie Kosar into management for decades and have been a complete failure, embarrassment, and disgrace to Cleveland because of it.

  10. Clady was a hell of a tackle when healthy. Gave up only 1/2 sack his rookie season. When he’s on his game, he is a notch above Ferguson in terms of play and ability. It only remains to be seen if Clady can bounce back.

    The 4 Pro Bowls and 2 All Pros speak for themselves. He was also bigger, stronger, and quicker than Ferguson.

    When you factor in they were able to get Clady to renegotiate his contract down to 6 million with a base of only 3 million, yea this was a great move for the Jets.

    -A Broncos fan who dreamt of Okung and Clady starting at the tackles.

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