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Former Denver Broncos offensive tackle Ryan Clady announces retirement

August 1, 2017 Updated: August 1, 2017 at 2:23 pm
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FILE - In this May 27, 2015, file photo, Denver Broncos offensive tackle Ryan Clady waits to take part in drills during an NFL football organized team activity at the team's headquarters in Englewood, Colo. A person familiar with the deal tells The Associated Press that the Broncos have agreed to trade left Clady to the New York Jets along with a seventh-round pick for a fifth-round selection in the upcoming NFL draft. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the teams hadn't announced the trade, which was first reported by ESPN. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

Former Denver Broncos offensive tackle Ryan Clady has retired from the NFL, he announced on Twitter on Tuesday.

Clady, who played with the Broncos from 2008-2014, became a free a gent after spending the 2016 season with the New York Jets.

"Despite having several teams who are currently interested in signing me, I have made a very difficult decision to retire from my NFL playing career," Clady said in his post. "I have deliberated on this decision thoroughly until now because I wanted to see if the beginning of NFL training camps would inspire the passion that I need to perform at the standards that I established for myself during my 9-year NFL career. ...

"I am excited about what life holds for me going forward."

Clady was traded to the Jets by the Broncos in 2016.

Clady was a 2008 first-round pick out of Boise State by the Broncos. He made four trips to the Pro Bowl and two All-Pro teams during his seven seasons in Denver. He missed the 2015 season and played in only two games in 2013 because of injuries.

Clady was with the Broncos for the 2014 Super Bowl against the Seattle Seahawks, a 43-8 loss for Denver.

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