Field Yates reports the Jets have reworked the contract of left tackle Ryan Clady.
Clady, who started eight games for the team in 2016, was scheduled to have a $2.5 million roster bonus due in mid-February, which would have put the clock on team management to decide whether or not to move on from the former All-Pro lineman, who was previously due a $7.5 million base salary for 2017, none of which was guaranteed.
Under the new terms, Clady is no longer due a roster bonus, with that $2.5 million instead being folded into his base salary, bringing that total to $10 million for 2017, with an additional $1 million available in incentives. None of that money is guaranteed until Week 1 of the regular season, at which point base salaries for all vested veterans become guaranteed.
This buys the Jets some time to seek a better replacement. Moving the deadline back for a decision from February builds the Jets some degree of flexibility.
With that said, Clady on a deal anywhere near resembling $10 million should be a nonstarter. He has played 27 games in the last four years. The Jets should be actively looking for a better answer at the position. If Clady comes back, it shouldn’t be for more than a quarter of that current deal.