The Jets restructured Clady’s contract at the end of last month, but as Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk subsequently reported, the alteration didn’t do much to change Clady’s status. New York was still faced with a $1MM decision on Clady thanks to a roster bonus, and Clady’s $10MM non-guaranteed base salary remained in play. As Florio speculated, the Jets could have paid the roster bonus and then attempt to talk Clady into a pay reduction, but that would have been an unnecessary risk and a potential waste of $1MM.
Clady, 30, played in only eight games last season before suffering a season-ending rotator cuff injury, the latest in a long line of health issues that Clady has dealt with throughout his career. In that half-season of play, Clady wasn’t all that effective, as Pro Football Focus graded him as the league’s No. 62 tackle among 78 qualifiers. Clady’s replacement, Ben Ijalana, wasn’t much better (No. 60), and is now also scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent.
The Jets cleared $10MM in 2017 cap space by declining Clady’s option, but the club is now in need of a starting left tackle, and the free agent market isn’t exactly flush with options. Clady joins a barren left tackle group that includes Andrew Whitworth, Riley Reiff, Matt Kalil, and Mike Remmers, among others.
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