Ryan Clady (78) against the Baltimore Ravens during the AFC divisional round playoff game at Sports Authority Field. (Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)

Broncos Franchise Tag is Placed on Ryan Clady

Ryan Clady wants a long-term deal with the Denver Broncos. The Broncos want a long-term deal with Clady, but they’re just not there yet.

Consider the franchise tag that the Broncos place on Clady Friday afternoon an engagement ring of sorts. The Broncos want to wait and see how the three-time Pro Bowl offensive tackle recovers from his off season shoulder surgery before they talk long-term contract.

With the tag applied, Clady is set to make $9.828 million. He made $3.5 million in the final year of his rookie contract last season. Last off season, the Broncos offered Clady a five-year deal worth a reported $50 million. However, Clady and his representatives turned it down.

Teams can still bid on Clady’s services, but the Broncos would have the right to match any offer. If the Broncos decline to match the offer, they would get two, first round draft picks in return from the team that would sign him. – Mike Klis (Denver Post)

Clady will likely not participate in the off season program until a long-term deal is reached.

Drafted 12th overall in the 2008 draft out of Boise State, Clady has not missed a game in his career.

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