Broncos Press Release on Clady Trade Dan Leberfeld


ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — The Denver Broncos on Sunday agreed to terms to trade veteran tackle Ryan Clady and a seventh-round pick (No. 235) in the 2016 NFL Draft to the New York Jets in exchange for a fifth-round selection (No. 157) in 2016, Executive Vice President of Football Operations/General Manager John Elway announced.

“Ryan was a great Bronco who made a tremendous impact on our team during his eight seasons in Denver,” Elway said. “In addition to becoming a Pro Bowl player, he was such a positive presence in our locker room and community. Our organization thanks Ryan for his many contributions and wishes him all the best in the next chapter of his NFL career.”

Clady was Denver’s longest-tenured player, starting all 98 regular-season games played and all four postseason contests since he was selected by the club with the 12th overall pick in the 2008 NFL Draft from Boise State University.

A three-time Associated Press All-Pro selection (1st team – 2009, ’12; 2nd team – 2008), Clady’s four Pro Bowls (2009, ’11-12, ’14) represent the most in team history by an offensive tackle.

Clady was Denver’s starting left tackle from his first game in 2008, finishing third in the AP NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year voting. The following year, he was named a first-team All-Pro selection to make him just the fifth tackle since the 1970 NFL merger to earn that distinction by his second professional season.

After an offseason knee injury in 2010, Clady recovered to start all 16 games for the Broncos and was voted as the team’s recipient of the Ed Block Courage Award. He opened all 16 games in each season from 2011-12, earning consecutive Pro Bowl honors.

Clady missed his first career games in 2013 after suffering a Lisfranc injury in the team’s third contest and being placed on injured reserve. He returned in 2014 to start every game for Denver and earn his fourth career Pro Bowl. A knee injury during the 2015 offseason kept Clady off the field during his final year with the Broncos.

Clady played 39 career games (37 starts) in three seasons at Boise State University, where he earned first-team All-Western Athletic Conference honors during his final two years. A defensive lineman at Eisenhower High School in Rialto, Calif., Clady was born on Sept. 6, 1986.