Since being drafted in 2008, Pro Bowl left tackle Ryan Clady has started all 64 of his NFL career. As he enters the last year of his rookie contract, Clady is looking for a contract extension.
However, Mike Klis of the Denver Post reports that although there has been some preliminary talk, the two sides likely won’t have anything worked out before training camp begins.
If that should happen, Clady will likely become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season. That increases the likelihood that the Broncos will place the franchise tag on Clady to keep him off the market.
It makes sense that the two sides have not come close to reaching an agreement. Clady started his career strong finishing third in offensive rookie of the year voting. When he hurt his knee playing basketball in 2010, however, he seemed to slow a bit. He picked up the pace again last season, earning Pro Bowl accolades, but the Broncos likely want to see what he does for Peyton Manning this year.
Clady is set to make $3.5 million this season.