Broncos, Ryan Clady begin to address contract extension
The Broncos have opened contract-extension talks with Ryan Clady, according to several NFL sources.
The left tackle is in the final year of his deal that will pay him $3.5 million in 2012. The franchise tag for left tackles this season was $9.4 million.
While the Broncos and Clady’s agent are talking, it may be a while before the two sides are close to an agreement.
This move by the Broncos is a prudent one. While Clady isn't the Hall of Famer he appeared in his first season, he's probably among the top ten left tackles in the league today. And, as Klis notes, Clady entered the league as a dominant pass blocker. He's much more adept at run blocking now.
Like shutdown cornerbacks, left tackles don't grow on trees. If Clady can stay off the basketball court, this move is a no brainer.