New York Jets: The veterans who'll be cut after the season 1
Oct 17, 2016; Glendale, AZ, USA; New York Jets offensive tackle Ryan Clady (78) against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. The Cardinals defeated the Jets 28-3. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Jets rework Ryan Clady’s contract to provide themselves more time to decide on his future with the team.

The New York Jets are not sure yet if offensive tackle Ryan Clady fits into their future plans, and now they have more time to think about it.

Ryan Clady was originally due a roster bonus of $2.5 million in the middle of February. The team has reworked his contract by adding the roster bonus due to Clady into his 2017 salary. With this move, Clady’s base salary rises to $10 million, but with none of that money is guaranteed, the Jets have up until week one to make their decision on his future with the organization.

This deal was actually worked out in December, but not reported until Friday.

Ryan Clady and a seventh-round pick were sent over to the New York Jets from the Denver Broncos for a fifth-round pick last season following the retirement of D’Brickashaw Ferguson. Clady was a first-round pick for the Denver Broncos in 2008 and quickly established himself as one of the premiere left tackles in the game.

After suffering a Lisfranc injury and missing all but two games in 2013, Ryan Clady missed all of 2015 with a torn ACL before being traded to the Jets prior to the 2016 season. The injury bug continued to haunt Clady in 2016 as he only played in nine games for the Jets this season before being placed on injured-reserve with a torn rotator cuff.

Ben Ijalana filled in for Ryan Clady after he was placed on the IR, and is the only player in the organization in position to take over the left tackle job if Clady is released.

The Jets seem to be searching for a suitable replacement before making their move, and re-working Clady’s contract is going to give them the time they need to complete that search.

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