The Jets had such high hopes for their offensive line when they acquired left tackle Ryan Clady from the Broncos last April. But the experiment is over after less than a year.
The Jets have informed Clady's agent that they do not intend to pick up his option for the 2017 season, according to an NFL source. New York had until Wednesday to make a decision before the team would owe him a $1 million roster bonus. Clady also was scheduled to make a non-guaranteed salary of $10 million this year.
That expense was far too much for a player that missed half of last season due to shoulder surgery and has missed 21 games over the last three seasons. The 6-foot-6, 315-pounder is a former Pro Bowler, but he'll turn 31 in September and the Jets are able to clear $10 million in much-needed cap space by letting him go.
The move, first reported by ESPN, was not unexpected. The Jets have sent clear signals that they intend to rebuild their offensive line this offseason, possibly by bringing in two new tackles with neither Ben Ijalana nor Breno Giacomini expected to return. And the Jets seem willing to spend on the line, too. They recently re-signed guard Brian Winters to a four-year, $29 million contract with $15 million guaranteed.
Clady came to the Jets last April, one day after D'Brickashaw Ferguson announced his retirement. The Jets sent a fifth-round pick to Denver in exchange for Clady and a seventh-round pick.