Ryan Clady‘s season is over. The Jets announced that Clady is being placed on injured reserve with what is believed to be a torn rotator cuff. Also, defensive lineman Jarvis Jenkins has been waived and wide receiver Devin Smith has been activated from the PUP list. The Jets also confirmed that they have signed defensive lineman Anthony Johnson from the Patriots’ practice squad.
The Jets landed Clady in an April trade with the Broncos. Clady was due to earn $19.5MM between 2016 and 2017 on his old contract, but he agreed to rework his deal in order to start fresh on the east coast. His new deal still covers 2017, but it’s unlikely that the Jets will retain him with a ~$10MM cap charge.
Gang Green dealt for Clady with the hope that he could stay healthy and achieve his potential. That obviously didn’t happen as Pro Football Focus ranked Clady as the No. 54 tackle in the NFL out of 74 qualified players. Clady had middle-of-the-pack run blocking scores this year coupled with dreadful evaluations on his pass blocking. The Jets’ tackle woes went far beyond Clady too as Brent Qvale has fared only slightly better and Ben Ijalana has actually done worse. Ijalana now projects to take over on the left side.
The Jets signed Jenkins to a two-year deal this past offseason worth $6MM with $3MM guaranteed. After registering a career-best four sacks in 2015 with Chicago, it’s conceivable that he could circle back to the Bears. There’s no way around it: Jenkins’ deal was a terrible miscalculation by GM Mike Maccagnan & Co. The advanced metrics indicated that Jenkins was not far above replacement level as an interior defender last year but the Jets and other clubs were likely blinded by his traditional stats.
Smith, a 2015 second-round pick, has now recovered from his torn ACL. In ten games last year, Smith posted nine receptions for 115 yards and one touchdown.
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