The Denver Broncos weren’t sure if they’d be able to bring back Pro Bowl offensive Ryan Clady but they managed to slap the franchise tag on him and were able to keep other teams from blowing him away with an offer. But the work in bringing back Clady is far from done as the Broncos need to either allow him to play on a one year contract or lock him up long term.
According to Chris Wesseling of NFL.com, the latter is exactly what the Broncos plan on doing.
Monday’s detente could be a sign that Clady is progressing in his recovery from offseason shoulder surgery. The Broncos had little incentive to jump-start serious negotiations until they were assured that Clady’s shoulder was getting better.
Denver had some doubts if Clady would show up to minicamp or if he’d hold out as other across the NFL are doing that exact thing as Jarius Byrd in Buffalo isn’t planning on attending Bills camp and he too was slapped with a franchise tag. Both Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz aren’t planning on going to Giants camp as Cruz is a restricted free agent like Clady.
The Broncos would love to have Clady back and it’s almost a necessity considering how much he meant to Peyton Manning’s success so far in his comeback. A deal hasn’t been discussed enough to have contractual details but the fact that the two sides are talking and talking long term deal is very encouraging to the Broncos and Peyton Manning.