Free-agent offensive tackle Ryan Clady announced Tuesday that he’s retiring from the NFL after nine seasons.

Originally a first-round pick of the Broncos, selected No. 12 overall in the 2008 draft, Clady spent eight years in Denver before moving on to join the New York Jets for the 2016 campaign.

The 30-year-old hit the open market this offseason when the Jets declined to exercise his contract option, but recently decided to walk away rather than sign elsewhere.

“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 wrote on his official Twitter page. “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 nine-year NFL career.”

Clady was one of the NFL’s premier pass-protectors before dealing with injury issues during his time in Denver, starting all 98 appearances and earning four Pro Bowl appearances.

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