Denver Broncos offensive tackle Ryan Clady may wish that he had already signed a long term deal with the Broncos because now he is recovering from shoulder surgery and the Broncos will most likely use the franchise tag on him. The Broncos would be smart to place the tag on Clady so they can see if he will recover well from the surgery.
Clady is a 26 year old left tackle who has made a name for himself by acquiring three Pro Bowls and two All-Pro 1st team selections.
Clady currently protects $20 million a year, 36 year old, and future hall of fame QB Peyton Manning’s blind side. His job may be the most important in the entire NFL and I am sure he feels that he should be paid very well to take care of those duties as well as he does.
If the Broncos do place the tag on Clady it will be to keep him in Denver for one more year in order to see how he will play after shoulder surgery. If all goes well for Clady the Broncos will be more than happy to make Clady one of the highest paid offensive linemen in the NFL and to keep him in Denver for a very long time.
It is probably a pretty smart plan by the Broncos, but I would just hate to see Clady leave next year because the Broncos were scared to give Clady what he has already earned and will likely keep producing for years.
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