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Denver Broncos: John Elway Plans to Use Franchise Tag on Ryan Clady

February 15th, 2013 at 1:25 PM
By DJ Siddiqi

'Tebow and Clady coming off the field' photo (c) 2012, Jeffrey Beall - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

Well, in not so surprising news, the Broncos plan on using the franchise tag to retain the services of tackle Ryan Clady.

The five-year veteran who was Denver's first round draft pick in 2008, has started every possible game despite going through a myriad of injuries during his young career. Clady underwent surgery on his knee in 2010 and just recently went through surgery for a damaged rotator cuff on his right shoulder. The fact that Clady hasn't missed anytime despite these injuries is pretty remarkable.

The Broncos have hesitated to give Clady a long-term contract. The Broncos and Clady negotiated for a long-term deal before the start of the 2012 season before breaking off talks so that "Clady could focus on the upcoming season." Well, now that Clady has gone through yet another serious surgery, the Broncos are not fully committed to giving Clady the long-term deal that he covets just yet.

As the top offensive lineman on the market, the Broncos will retain Clady by applying the franchise tag on him as soon as the two-week franchise tag designation period opens up. By doing this, the Broncos will likely pay $9.66 million in salary to Clady for the 2013 season. Depending upon how he plays after surgery, the Broncos will then decide whether or not to lock up Clady for the long-term future during the 2014 offseason. 

Tags: Denver, Denver Broncos, Football, NFL, Ryan Clady

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