Less than two weeks remain until the NFL Draft, but transactions are still occurring that will affect the draft. The most notable of these moves was the blockbuster trade between Tennessee and Los Angeles. Since this trade only involved draft picks, it won’t be discussed below. What is discussed is one retirement and one trade. As always, the rest of the transactions are down below with some of the more significant ones highlighted in red.
After 10 seasons in the NFL, Ferguson, 32, announced his retirement.
The move came as a surprise. The Jets had been asking him to take a pay cut from his salary of about $10 million this season. Instead, he decided to retire.
New York selected him with the fourth overall pick in the 2006 NFL Draft and he spent his entire career with the team.
Not only did he start all 160 games in his career for the Jets, he missed only one snap his entire career, playing 10,707 snaps.
This one missed snap came on the final play of a game in 2008 where the Jets swapped out their offensive linemen for other players as they attempted an unsuccessful lateral play.
Not only was Ferguson on the field all the time, he was constantly one of the best offensive tackles in the NFL during his prime.
His play had started to decline in recent years, hence the attempted pay cut, but in his prime would be hard pressed to find many offensive tackles better than him.
He was a three-time Pro Bowler (2009-2011).
Left tackle was already considered to be a need for the Jets, but with Ferguson’s retirement, the need becomes amplified.
New York wasted little time in finding a potential replacement for Ferguson.
The trade sees New York send a fifth-round pick to the Denver Broncos for Clady, 29, and a seventh-round pick.
In New York, he agreed to a restructured contract which is worth $18 million over two seasons. However, there is no guaranteed money in year two.
Earlier in the offseason, the Broncos signed offensive tackle Russell Okung. This signing signaled the end of Clady’s time in Denver.
Clady is a talented left tackle, but he has barely seen the field in recent years. A Lisfranc injury limited him to two games in 2013 and a torn ACL wiped out his entire 2015 season. In the past three seasons he has played in just 18 games. Prior to 2013 he hadn’t missed a start.
The 12th overall selection in the 2008 NFL Draft, he quickly became one of the better left tackles in the game.
For the Broncos, they were able to trade away a player they were likely to release. In the process, they saved a significant amount of cap room.
For the Jets, they now have an option at left tackle with Ferguson gone. Given Clady’s injury history, they would be wise to add another player though.
The Baltimore Ravens wave WR Cam Worthy.
The Baltimore Ravens waive TE Chase Ford.
The Baltimore Ravens waive TE Harold Spears.
The Buffalo Bills sign S Colt Anderson.
The Buffalo Bills sign LB Lorenzo Alexander.
The Cleveland Browns claim TE Chase Ford off waivers.
The Dallas Cowboys re-sign S Jeff Heath to a four-year contract.
The Denver Broncos waive DE George Uko.
The Denver Broncos waive TE Nick Kasa.
Free agent DT Mike DeVito announced his retirement from the NFL.
Free agent WR Percy Harvin has announced his retirement from the NFL.
The Green Bay Packers cut LB Nate Palmer.
The Minnesota Vikings cut LB Terrance Plummer.
The Minnesota Vikings cut LB Alex Singleton.
The New England Patriots cut RB Tyler Gaffney.
The New England Patriots re-sign RB LeGarrette Blount.
The New England Patriots cut DT Dominique Easley.
The New England Patriots re-sign RB Tyler Gaffney.
The New England Patriots waive LB Eric Martin.
The New Orleans Saints re-sign RB Tim Hightower.
The New Orleans Saints sign QB Griffin Neal.
The New York Giants sign LB Kelvin Sheppard.
The New York Giants sign RB Bobby Rainey.
The New York Giants sign OT Byron Stingily.
The New York Giants waive LB Nico Johnson.
The New York Jets re-sign OT Ben Ijalana.
The San Diego Chargers waive QB Brad Sorensen.
The Tennessee Titans claim LB Nate Palmer off waivers.
The Washington Redskins sign CB Greg Toler.
The Washington Redskins waive LB Jackson Jeffcoat.