OT Ryan Clady cut by Jets; Could it impact Eagles ?
Wednesday afternoon, the New York Jets announced that they would not be picking up the $1 million option bonus of left tackle Ryan Clady, which will also clear $10 million in salary cap space.
Clady is a four time pro-bowler who made approximately $6 million last season. Durability has been an issue for Clady in recent seasons. He has missed 21 games over the course of the last reasons, including seven games last season that eventually landed him on injured reserve. Clady will be entering his age 31 season in 2017, and will most likely have to settle for a short-term prove it offer on the open market.
How could this impact the Philadelphia Eagles ?
The Eagles have an intriguing situation themselves at left tackle with Jason Peters. Peters just turned 35 in January, and carries a cap number of $11.7 million, which the Eagles would like lowered. The Eagles have limited cap room as they prepare for free-agency, and Peters has proven to be durable to this point. Since returning from a ruptured achilles in 2012, he’s missed only 2 games in 4 seasons.
The Eagles have Lane Johnson at right tackle, and it is widely assumed that Johnson will transition over to left tackle once the Eagles move on from Peters. However, Johnson, who signed a mega-deal with the Eagles last off-season, was slapped with a 10 game PED ban during the 2016 season, and if he tests positive again, will be handed a 2 year suspension. So even though Johnson has said he will be more responsible and less reckless, can the Eagles count on him? Do the the Eagles have a legitimate, reliable replacement in mind should Peters refuse to take a pay cut or re-work his deal?
This might make it appear as though Peters has leverage over the Eagles, but Geoff Mosher presents an interesting scenario as to how the Eagles could regain some footing in the negotiations:
As for Clady’s injury history ?
And this from Ross Tucker :
So it may be in the best interest of both the Eagles and Jason Peters to apply some logic and rework his contract so that both sides are happy and Peters can retire an Eagle.