Broncos’ Ryan Clady expected to miss offseason

2/18/13 in NFL   |   IvanRogers   |   1352 respect

As the Denver Broncos prepare lock Ryan Clady with the franchise tag, unless the two sides agree on a long-term contract by the March deadline, the team is aware it won’t be getting much out of the offensive tackle during most of the offseason.
Ryan Clady underwent surgery after suffering a tear to his rotator in the Dec. 23 win over the Cleveland Browns. The 26-year-old Ryan Clady will spend the offseason rehabbing his shoulder, which could turn up to be a “five-to-six month process.”
"There's no way I'm going to be in minicamps this year because I won't be ready shoulder-wise (even) if I do get a deal done by then," said Ryan Clady. "In other words, I'm planning for (shoulder rehab), so I'm not going to be there, regardless if I don't get a deal done still.”
“Even if I get a deal done, my chances are I probably wouldn't do much in training camp,” continued Ryan Clady. “About that time, I should be just about 100 percent around July or August -- in that area."
Due to his health issues, the Denver Broncos seem to hold the leverage in contract negotiations as team Vice President of football operations John Elway indicated earlier this week "things have changed a little bit because he's coming off a shoulder surgery”. Even if the Denver Broncos agree to hand out a long-term contract, they’d like to gain some grounds of certainty regarding Ryan Clady’s health.
"Injuries are a part of the game,” said Ryan Clady. “Considering the fact that I played with my shoulder messed up for a couple games, I would think that would help me get a long-term deal instead of hindering it, but it is what it is."
However, building on the current situation the Denver Broncos are expected to slap the franchise tag on him unless Ryan Clady agrees to a cap-friendly deal.
"I don't think (the franchise tag is) a sign of disrespect. I just think it's kind of part of the business. Am I okay with it? No. But it's not like I'm out on the streets right now,” added Ryan Clady. “I know I will have a job at least for one more year so, I'm still good. I would like to have long-term security in Denver, but if I don't get anything done before the deadline then who knows."
But since Ryan Clady isn’t under contract yet, he could spend the offseason away from the team workouts, training camp as well as preseason, and yet return at the start of the regular season to sign off on the Denver Broncos’ $9.6 million franchise tender.
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