At 29-years-old a healthy Clady would be a huge upgrade over the 32-year-old Ferguson, the problem is Clady has had all sorts of trouble staying healthy. Clady has missed 30 games due to injury over the last three years because of those injuries and his salary the Jets only had to exchange a fifth-round pick for a seventh-round pick.
Clady is set to count $10.1 million against the cap this year, effectively replacing the money the Jets saved with Ferguson retiring, but it remains to be seen if he will be able to stay healthy. If he can Mike Maccagnan will have gotten himself another steal through the trade market and the Jets offense will have improved.
Knowing his injury history Maccagnan decided to roll the dice of Clady but you can still expect the Jets to look at acquiring a tackle or two in the draft. If Clady stays healthy that draft pick can slide over to right tackle and replace Breno Giacomini.
Another interesting part of this trade is this move frees up salary cap room for the Broncos so they can sign another quarterback. They could decide to sign Ryan Fitzpatrick but all indications are they have their eyes set on Colin Kaepernick, they were just stuck on trying to make the numbers work between his salary and their available cap. This trade frees up more than enough money for them to take on Kaepernick's contract as is, which would then leave Fitzpatrick with only two options: sign with the Jets or retire. If that's how this unfolds Maccagnan might have just essentially traded for a starting left tackle and a quarterback.
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