The Jets and Broncos agreed to a trade that sends left tackle Ryan Clady and a seventh-round pick to the Jets in exchange for the Jets sending the Broncos a fifth-round pick. With D'Brickashaw Ferguson retiring the Jets needed a new left tackle and the Broncos had just signed free agent Russell Okung so they needed the cap space more than the oft-injured Clady.
Clady was set to make $19.5 million over the next two years with the Broncos, carrying a $10.1 million cap hit for the upcoming season, but he now has a chance to make even more money through incentives with the Jets while lowering his cap number for this year.
"Per source with knowledge of the contract, Clady will make $6 million in 2016. Of that amount, $3 million is guaranteed. Another $1.5 million is available in incentives based on playing time and postseason honors," ProFootballTalk.com reports. "The Jets hold an option for 2017 at $10 million. The amount of the 2017 salary can increase to $13 million based on 2016 playing time. There's also a bonus of $2.5 million due in February 2017, forcing the Jets to make a quick decision on whether they'll keep Clady for the second year."
If Clady gets hurt again and misses a large chunk of the 2016 season, or simply doesn't play well, the Jets will release him before that February deadline but if this trade works out half as good as Mike Maccagnan's trades for Brandon Marshall and Ryan Fitzpatrick then both Clady and the Jets will be thrilled with this new deal.
Marshall and Clady were teammates with the Broncos early in their career and needless to say Marshall is very excited to play with Clady again.
Marshall wrote, "Man can't wait to strap it up with my brother and one of my all time favorite teammates @ryanclady #jetnation welcome him."
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