According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the Denver Broncos are attempting to trade offensive tackle Ryan Clady after signing Russell Okung to a five-year deal.
The belief is the #Broncos now try to trade LT Ryan Clady, with Okung agreeing to terms in Denver.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 17, 2016
The Denver Broncos and Ryan Clady were in talks about a possible pay cut/restructure, but those talks fell apart recently. It was reported on Wednesday that the Broncos wanted Clady back at less than $5 million dollars per season. Obviously, Clady was not too thrilled about that and now he is likely to be traded or cut in the next 24 to 48 hours.
Clady is due a little over $10 million dollars in 2016 and has a $10.6 million dollar cap hit in 2017. The Broncos will have to find a team willing to take on that contract for a player who has missed nearly two out of the last three seasons due to injury.
It is unclear which teams will be interested in trading for Clady, but teams like the Bears, Lions, Giants, and others could be interested. If traded, the team who traded for Clady will also likely approach Clady about a pay cut/restructure.
I could see the Broncos netting a mid to late round pick for Clady, or possibly swapping him for another veteran player at a position of need for the Broncos.
Right now, the Broncos currently have 10 draft picks in the 2016 NFL Draft. Could they possibly be getting one or two more for Clady?
Also, with the Broncos still in the hunt for San Fransisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, any extra draft picks could help them acquire Kaepernick from the 49ers.