ESPN’s Adam Schefter is reporting via league sources that the Denver Broncos have traded two-time All-Pro left tackle Ryan Clady (and a seventh round draft pick) to the New York Jets for a fifth round draft pick in this year’s draft.

As Schefter noted, the trade came  on the heels of the announcement that D’Brickashaw Ferguson was calling it a career after 10 years, all with the Jets.

New York will be trading the pinnacle of reliability for a player who has struggled to stay on the field through the prime years of his NFL career.

Ferguson did not miss a start for the Jets during his entire career, an astounding stat considering the wear and tear offensive linemen suffer in a single season, let alone over a decade of NFL service.

Clady, meanwhile, missed the entire 2015 season with a torn ACL – his second season in three years in which he missed more than 15 percent of the year.  A lisfranc injury ended his 2013 campaign just two games into the season.

In the first five years in the league, Clady was on the same path as Ferguson, not missing a single start. But he did suffer a knee injury in April 2010 playing a pickup basketball game.

Denver now frees itself $8.9 million in badly-needed salary cap space.

Per NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, Clady has already agreed to a new deal with the Jets, reworking a salary that would have paid him $19.5 million over the next two years.

Clady had previously said he’d be willing to rework his contract to stay in Denver, but after the Broncos signed Russell Okung to an extremely team-friendly contract it was clear they would have to either cut or trade Clady. It’s the best-possible outcome for the Broncos, who now have the money they need to acquire another veteran quarterback to compete with Mark Sanchez (or replace a variety of departed players on the defense).