Jets Begin Roster Changes By Dropping Ryan Clady

By Nikko Villanueva, Posted: 02/16/17 03:57AM EST

The New York Jets started restructuring their roster on Wednesday by releasing veteran Ryan Clady. The left tackle joined the team in April of 2016 via a trade with the Denver Broncos. Unfortunately, an injury marred his stay in New York which resulted in him only playing in nine games. 

ESPN reported that the Jets declined to pay Clady a $1 million roster bonus and this led to him becoming a free agent. He was also supposed to earn $10 million in base salary for the 2017 NFL season. Letting him go improves the team's salary cap situation. 

The Jets gave up a fifth round and a seventh round pick to the Broncos for Clady. New York completed the deal hoping the 30-year-old would replace the retired D'Brickashaw Ferguson. Sadly, the experiment failed and a rotator cuff tear quickly ended the tackle's first season with the team. 

Clady entered the NFL as the 12th overall pick by the Broncos in the 2008 draft. In Denver, he shined and was selected to four Pro Bowls (2009, 2011, 2012, and 2014). Two seasons ago, he took part in his first championship when the Broncos won Super Bowl 50. 

According to ESPN, the departure of Clady gives the Jets a void to fill at left tackle since Ben Ijalana is also a free agent. They can still re-sign Clady, although this might be the last option on their list with him being troubled by injuries over the past few seasons. 

Similar to other teams in the NFL that had losing seasons, the Jets are expected to make drastic changes to their roster. During the 2016 season, they went 5-11, missing the playoffs for the sixth consecutive year. This is a huge step back from what they achieved in the 2015 season. That year, they also failed to reach the postseason, but had a winning record as they finished at 10-6. 

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