Clady has more leverage than we’d thought Lard

Happy Friday, Broncos fans! The clock continues to tick down on the team's negotiating window for a long-term deal with All-Pro tackle Ryan Clady, the deadline for which is 4pm ET on Monday.

We've consistently noted that if the two sides are unable to reach agreement, then Clady figures to sign his one-year, $9.828M tender, and potentially play out this same scenario a year from now.

However, as former player agent Joel Corry reminds us, it's not quite that cut and dried, as Clady does hold one other card in this negotiation, and it's not an insigificant one.

According to Corry, Clady can demand as a condition of his signing the one-year tender a prohibition on the team tagging him in 2014.

Capologist Jason Fitzgerald has often stressed that Denver is particularly tough when negotiating contracts, but the organization has allowed such a stipulation in the past.

Granted, this was not under the watch of John Elway's front office team, but the Broncos did give Jason Elam a so-called prohibition clause when he signed his franchise tender in 2002.

Just because Clady holds this bit of leverage, doesn't mean the team would bend on the issue, but it may be a factor in Denver's apparent aggressiveness toward a long-term contract.

Barring injury, having Clady play out the one-year tender at $9.828M, only to watch him walk next spring, would be a worst-case scenario for Denver, and one they absolutely must avoid.

On Tuesday evening, Vic Lombardi reported that the Broncos had included $33M in guarantees in their latest offer to Clady; more recently, Cecil Lammey hears the sides are "closing in on" an agreement.

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News

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Analysis

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Maths

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Miscellany

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Doug is IAOFM’s resident newsman and spelling czar. Follow him on Twitter @IAOFM

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