Broncos to trade Ryan Clady, 7th-round choose to Jets for 5th-rounder

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Source:   —  April 10, 2016, at 5:51 AM

Clady arrived at the Jets' complex for a physical Friday and agreed to a restructured contract with the Jets on Saturday, sources said.

Broncos to trade Ryan Clady, 7th-round choose to Jets for 5th-rounder

The Denver Broncos have agreed to trade four-time Pro Bowl offensive tackle Ryan Clady and a seventh-round choose in this year'south NFL draft to the NY Jets for a fifth-round pick, league sources told ESPN on Saturday.

Clady arrived at the Jets' complex for a physical Friday and agreed to a restructured contract with the Jets on Saturday, sources said. It'south a one-year deal worth $6 million in base salary, with $three million of that guaranteed, and it could expand to $7.5 million based on playing time and/or honors.

The reworked deal between the Jets and Clady also has an extra option year for a minimum of $ten million that could exacerbate to $13 million based on playing time and includes a $2.5 million Feb bonus. If the Jets decline to choose up that option after this season, Clady will become a free agent.

Clady had two years, $19.5 million remaining on his previous contract with Denver, which he signed in two thousand-thirteenth. None of that money was guaranteed.

The trade is expected to become official in the following day or two. The Jets are getting a bona fide replacement for D'Brickashaw Ferguson, who announced his retirement Saturday.

They'd targeted Clady latest week after learning of Ferguson'south plans. Talks began to heat up in recent days, but the two sides had to work through contractual issues.

The Jets have near to $10 million in cap room after Ferguson'south retirement, some of which will be used for Clady.

The Clady-for-Ferguson swap was swift and dramatic. For 10 years, Ferguson manned left tackle for the Jets and never missed a game. He was one of the few constants for a franchise frequently in flux.

Clady, twenty-nine, is three years younger than Ferguson, but he's injury prone. He's missed thirty of the past forty-eight games because of ft and knee injuries. Clady tore his ACL on May twenty-eight in offseason workouts, an injury that forced him to look the Broncos' all Super Bowl season from the sideline. He suffered a severe LisFranc injury in Week 3 of the two thousand thirteen season and was placed on season-ending injured reserve, lost the Broncos' running to the Super Bowl that season.

When healthy, the ultra-athletic Clady (6-foot-6, three hundred fifteen pounds) is one of the best pass protectors in the league. The most recent of his four Pro Bowl selections came in two thousand-fourteenth, and he's a two-time All-Pro selection.

Clady became expendable when the Broncos acquired tackles Russell Okung and Donald Stephenson this offseason. They keep Clady on the trading obstruct in the hopes of recouping a draft choose while clearing his enormous salary from the cap.

The Broncos talked with Clady'south agent about restructuring his contract, but the discussions went nowhere, and the team responded by signing Okung.

ESPN Jets reporter Wealthy Cimini contributed to this report.

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