Report: The New York Jets 'Could' Target Denver Broncos Pro Bowl Left Tackle Ryan Clady Via Trade

There might be a new suitor on the market for Broncos disgruntled left tackle Ryan Clady.

Perhaps "disgruntled" is the wrong word. At the very least, Ryan Clady likely isn't happy that he and the Denver Broncos were unable to come to an agreement on a restructured contract (cough, pay-cut, cough), so the team subsequently signed two offensive tackles -- Russell Okung and Donald Stephenson

And then promptly put Clady on the trading block. 

Considering Clady's $10.1 million cap hit for 2016 and the fact that the Broncos have invested two high-round draft picks in the tackle position in the last two years (Ty Sambrailo and Michael Schofield), the writing is on the wall for Clady. 

He just simply hasn't justified the investment the Broncos put into him when they signed him to a five-year, $52.5 million extension prior to the 2013 season. He has $19.5 million left on his contract and it's not coming from the Broncos. In fact, it's likely not coming from anyone.

With the news that D'Brickashaw Ferguson has announced his retirement, ESPN's Rich Cimini reported that the New York Jets 'could' look to trade for Clady, provided he's willing to accept a pay-cut. 

The Broncos have been trying to trade him for a few weeks. Clady is a four-time Pro Bowl selection, only 29, but he has missed 30 of the last 48 games due to injury. He sat out last season after tearing an ACL in the spring. He has two years and $19.5 million left on his contract. The Broncos failed in their attempt to re-work his contract, so they signed two tackles and put Clady on the block. Any team that trades for him almost certainly would want to renegotiate his contract.

Cimini isn't the only league insider connecting the Jets to Clady.

https://twitter.com/AlbertBreer/status/718439915273502720

Money is what ultimately soured Clady's relationship with the Broncos and the sad irony is that when it's all said and done, and he's on another team, he'll likely forgo about the same amount of money that John Elway was asking him to give up. 

It would have been great to see Clady in his natural system. He was drafted to play left tackle in the zone blocking scheme. But he's had a bad string of luck when it comes to his health and the Broncos can't justify paying him that amount of money any longer. 

Besides, the silver-tongued Elway managed to close a deal for a Pro Bowl LT, Russell Okung, that was ridiculously team-friendly. The Broncos don't need Ryan Clady any longer. It's a shame Elway was unable to orchestrate a similar deal to keep Clady in the Mile High City. 

UPDATE

The Broncos and Jets have consummated the trade. Get the details here

Chad Jensen is the Publisher of Mile High Huddle. You can find him on Twitter @ChadNJensen.

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