Jets decline option bonus for Ryan Clady

The New York Jets have chosen not to pick-up the 2017 option for left tackle Ryan Clady, which would have cost them $10.5 million in salary cap space.

His only season with the Jets was limited to nine games due to a torn rotator cuff, which forced him out for the remainder of the season in November.

NEW YORK (AP) - Ryan Clady's tenure with the New York Jets lasted just one injury-shortened season.

The team will not be exercising Clady's option for the 2017 season, according to a source.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the Jets had not yet announced the move, which ESPN first reported. That came on the heels of Clady missing the entire 2015 campaign with the Denver Broncos due to a torn ACL. His lingering shoulder woes that plagued his 2016 season in which he ultimately wound up on injured reserve may also have had something to do with it as well. "It wasn't getting any better, he became weaker as a matter of fact, so we just had to put him (on IR)". His $10 million salary wasn't guaranteed until Week 1. He's a free agent.

The Jets are back in the market for a starting left tackle. With a draft class somewhat lacking in left tackle prospects it will be interesting to see how that position is filled.

A four-time Pro Bowler and two-time first-team All-Pro selection, Clady has been a protector of the blind side coming up on a decade in the NFL.

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