According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, the Denver Broncos and Ryan Clady have resumed contract talks for the first time since July 2012. While it is reported that Clady will not be attending mandatory Mini-Camp this week, it is a good sign that the Broncos and Clady will reach an agreement before the July 15 deadline.
Clady is looking for a contract similar to that of Cleveland Browns left tackle Joe Thomas, who signed for seven years and $80.5 million back in Aug. 2011. The Broncos would be wise to give the three-time Pro Bowler the contract he deserves and get him signed in time for training camp. However, there have been rumors of him not participating in training camp if nothing is reached.
But if all fails and the Broncos can’t satisfy Clady’s camp with the contract he wants, don’t expect him to miss any part of the regular season. He would be forced to play out the season underneath the franchise tag with a weekly game check somewhere in the area of $600,000. Clady has not missed a game in his 6 years as a Bronco and with that kind of money coming in weekly, you can be assured he will be on the left side of Peyton Manning once the season comes around.
The Broncos have made it a point to say they want to sign Clady and any Bronco fan you talk to would like to see the 6-foot-6, 315-pound left tackle back in the orange jersey before the start of next season, as Clady is a fan favorite here in Denver. So look for the Broncos to get Clady signed to the long term deal he has earned within the coming weeks.