There was talk back in March among Lions beat writers and ruminators that the organization might behoove themselves to pick up left tackle Ryan Clady from the Denver Broncos. The Lions had just struck out on Russell Okung and Denver, who had just landed that same Okung, found themselves with the need to offload Clady. However, contract particulars and an injury history made any real talk scarce, and on Saturday the issue was off the table completely when Denver traded Clady to the New York Jets for a fifth-round draft pick.
Denver has agreed to trade four-time Pro-Bowl OT Ryan Clady and a 7th-round pick to the Jets for a 5th-round pick, league sources told ESPN.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 9, 2016
The Jets had an immediate need for a tackle after D'Brickashaw Ferguson decided to retire from the league on Friday. For Denver, they were more than happy to offload Clady and his contract in exchange for a draft pick.
It would appear that the Lions were never seriously in the mix for Clady. Back during the ownership meetings in Boca Raton, general manager Bob Quinn told reporters that he had not engaged in any conversation about trading for Clady. Although the Lions could have probably pursued him at the price that New York paid, a history of injury (Clady has missed 30 of the last 48 games and tore his ACL last May) and his hefty contract probably took him out of consideration.
For the Jets, Ryan Clady's contract -- originally worth $9.5 million in 2016 -- is being restructured to a $6 million deal with $3 million guaranteed and a $10-13 million team option for 2017.
On the Lions' front, it can be expected that Riley Reiff is still the starting left tackle at present. That might change depending on the Lions' choices in the upcoming NFL draft.