Clady’s full guarantee figures to be far less than $33M Lard

Good Morning, Broncos fans! When Vic Lombardi first reported that Denver had offered Ryan Clady $33M in guarantees to cover the first three years of a multiyear deal, here was our reaction:

Lombardi's response was that the deal would include restrictions that would kick in only if Clady were to perform some misdeed that landed him in prison.

So, does that mean Denver's All-Pro left tackle is about to get $33M in full guarantees?

Probably not.

You'll recall that Elvis Dumervil's last Denver contract was consistently advertised as including $43M in guarantees, and of course, Elvis never received that much from the Broncos, as he and his $12M salary were released in March. Hence, our tweet.

When Dumervil was cut, we translated that to mean the deal included $31M in guarantees, but that may not necessarily have been the case, either.

Rather, it's more likely that the Broncos held an annual option on Dumervil, just like they do now with Peyton Manning.

As we've often mentioned, teams, players, and agents all inflate contracts and guarantees when they publicize them. Teams get to show fans they're putting their hefty ticket prices toward attracting and retaining talent, players puff their chests about getting massive guarantees and making the most at their position, and agents have fodder to attract other clients.

A prime example, as we're now learning, is the contract of Browns left tackle Joe Thomas, which had been reported for years as including $44M in guaranteed money. Recently, we noted that Spotrac has Thomas down for just $28.5M in guarantees in that deal.

Clady has said he'd like to be paid in the neighborhood of Thomas and Eagles tackle Jason Peters. We've speculated about what that means.

But according to capologist Jason Fitzgerald, Thomas's contract actually contained just $18M in full guarantees. The other $26M was only guaranteed against injury, meaning the Browns could cut him prior to an annual deadline in any year, and avoid paying more than that $18M.

Just like Denver cut Dumervil without paying him his supposedly guaranteed salary in 2013, so could have the Browns.

Fitzgerald expects Clady's deal to be structured similarly to Thomas's, and only include around $15M in full guarantees.

As he's consistently written, Fitzgerald says Denver is among the league's toughest teams when it comes to negotiating player contracts. And he doesn't expect the looming Clady deal to evidence otherwise.

Clady's signing will be welcome news for the Broncos and their fans. But if you're worried about the size of it jeopardizing the team's ability to retain its other top talents, like Von Miller and Demaryius Thomas, don't be.

We'll hear all about the $33M in guarantees, but until the full details emerge, we should all assume the Broncos are not sticking their necks out too far on Clady's deal, just like they apparently haven't on anyone else's, Elvis Dumervil included.

Broncos

Mike Klis says that whether the Broncos choose tomorrow to suspend or fire Matt Russell and Tom Heckert, there are several qualified candidates already on the payroll and ready to step into their shoes.

In that same article, Klis reports that Denver did not renew the contract of pro scout Dave Ziegler, and he says it was lobbying by ST coordinator Jeff Rodgers that spurred the team to claim Trindon Holliday off waivers from Houston last year.

BTW, as for the team's handling of Heckert and Russell, we still find it hypocritical that such dramatic quotes emerged from Dove Valley after the Russell incident, even while they sat on news of Heckert's arrest for nearly a month.

However, suggestions that earlier punishment for Heckert from the team would have prevented Russell's incident are misguided. Clearly, Russell had to have known that his buddy Heckert had been arrested for DUI, and obviously, that didn't stop him from making the same dangerous choice.

Mark Kiszla sure does get some intense emails about the Broncos, and his take on how the team should punish Matt Russell and Tom Heckert spurred indignation on both sides of that issue.

The annual Manning Passing Academy kicked off Saturday with a skills competition.

News

The Big Ten plans to strongly enforce the NCAA's new rule that players delivering dangerous head shots be ejected.

Naturally, there was quite a reaction in the sports world to the Zimmerman verdict, ranging from thoughtfulness to rage, and from reason to stupidity.

Analysis

In his Sunday column, agent mouthpiece Len Pasquarelli offers some agent-speak about the contract Clady is likely to receive from Denver.

The SC guys measure the on-field and caponomic outlooks for the Eagles.

Pat Kirwan lists the nine left tackles he thinks have the toughest jobs facing them in 2013.

Bob Raissman figures it's a slam dunk that if the Jets fire Rex Ryan this year, he'll land an analyst gig at ESPN.

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