Broncos, Ryan Clady’s camp to resume talks for contract extension
The Broncos used the franchise tag on Clady in March this offseason. Clady has not signed to the $9.828 franchise tender in hopes of landing a long-term deal. But both sides do not come to terms on a new contract by the July 15 deadline then the $9.828 amount will remain Clady’s fully guaranteed base salary for this year. In that scenario, Clady will not be able to land new deal until the end of the 2013 regular season.
The two sides exchanged proposals earlier last month, but now they Clady’s camp Is expected to receive a new contract offer next week.
Clady’s health could be one reason why there’s no rush by the Broncos to get the sixth-year pro under a long-term contract, according to reports. Clady is recovering from offseason shoulder surgery. Although he has proven to be a difference-maker on the left side of the offensive line, Broncos V.P. of football operations John Elway said at the Scouting Combine the team would like to ensure that health won’t be an issue this year before making a long-term commitment.
"I think we'll wait and see how that comes out,” Elway told Pro Football Talk. “Obviously we don't want to jump right in because that's always, especially for a tackle, those shoulders are always tough and we'll see how he comes out of it.”
“But we don't anticipate any problems with that, continued Elway. “My understanding is the surgery went well and our training crew says that things look good so we don't anticipate any problems but we'll see how he comes out of it."
If Clady doesn’t have a multi-year contract by the July 15 deadline, he could opt to skip training camp and report in time for the 2013 regular season to collect a $9.66 million paycheck from the Broncos.