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Denver Broncos Trade OT Ryan Clady To New York Jets

The Jets have found their replacement for recently retired D'Brickashaw Ferguson.

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On Friday, longtime New York Jets LT D'Brickashaw Ferguson abruptly retired. Less than 36 hours later, they've found their replacement.

The Jets have traded their 2016 NFL Draft fifth-round pick to the Denver Broncos for OT Ryan Clady and a seventh rounder:

A first-round pick in the 2008 NFL Draft, Clady built up an impressive early career that has now been threatened with injuries. The four-time Pro Bowler suffered a Lisfranc injury after two games in 2013 and injured his ACL prior to the preseason a year ago.

The writing was on the wall a bit here as the Broncos signed Russell Okung a few weeks ago. In fact, over at Gang Green Nation, the SB Nation community for the Jets, Jeremy J. Jackson looked at the possibility of this trade going down just yesterday:

Denver went out and signed two tackles this offseason, including Russell Okung to presumably be the left tackle. This probably leaves Clady on the outside looking in, and a prime candidate to get moved. Clady currently has two years left on his deal, for 9.5 million this season and 10 million next year. The Jets may not want to absorb that contract for a player who, though he's been a Pro Bowl tackle throughout his career, has missed 2 of the last 3 seasons to injury and is a giant question mark. One option is to wait and hope that the Broncos simply release Clady and the Jets can sign him for no compensation, but that will allow the other 30 teams equal opportunity to negotiate. Another option is to come to terms for compensation for Denver, maybe a mid to late round pick, and make the trade contingent upon restructuring Clady's contract to something more team friendly. However, it does appear that despite Denver's statements that they want Clady back, he should be obtainable.

Indeed he was.

The Rams will travel to MetLife Stadium in 2016 to face the Jets as one of their eight away opponents.*

* - The Rams' home game against the New York Giants will be played in London, England, October 23