The Denver Broncos will be without their talented offensive tackle for most of the offseason as Ryan Clady plans to undergo surgery on his injured right shoulder.
Clady has been an important member of the Broncos’ offensive line since he entered the league in 2008 as the No. 12 draft pick. He is arguably one of the best offensive lineman in the NFL and will likely earn close to $10 million a year when he signs his next contract.
The upcoming-free agent is likely to be re-signed by the Broncos for the 2013 season and he can be franchised at $9.66 million in 2013, or he could sign a long-term deal.
He is a three-time Pro Bowler and a two-time first-team All-Pro selection and will likely be missed by Peyton Manning and the rest of the Broncos during off-season workouts.
He is expected to return for the team’s 2013 season-opener and will have to adjust to using his strength after an entire offseason of rehabbing on of the toughest body parts to recover from injury.
To see a force like Clady return to full-strength before the season starts with no adjustment period would be remarkable.
Clady suffered the injury in the final regular season game and sat out during the team’s practices leading up to their matchup with the Baltimore Ravens. He played in the game and was obviously hampered and nowhere near 100% percent during the game.
The four-year veteran will be back and poised to remain one of the top offensive lineman in the NFL in 2013. I’m sure Peyton Manning hopes the same.