Denver Broncos tackle Ryan Clady is one of the best the NFL has to offer, but he may not be staying with the Broncos much longer if his representatives and the Broncos cannot figure out a long-term deal by July 15.
Clady was hit with the franchise tag this offseason after a serious injury the year before. The two sides now have just over two weeks to work out an extension, but it sounds like they are far apart on the numbers of the contract (per Len Pasquarelli of The National Football Post):
The Broncos and franchise left tackle Ryan Clady resumed negotiations on a potential long-term contract extension earlier this month, but aren’t close to a deal. The representatives for Clady, who is key to the protection of Manning, are preparing a counter to Denver’s offer.
Losing Clady would be a big blow for the Broncos in the long-term if he can stay healthy. With Peyton Manning running the offense as he gets older, John Elway and Co. have to find a way to keep top talent on the offensive line such as Ryan Clady around.
Health is the issue here. This contract drama could play out well into next offseason.
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