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Report: Broncos begin extension talks with Ryan Clady

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Mike Klis of the Denver Post reports that the Broncos have opened long-term contract negotiations with left tackle Ryan Clady.

Citing “several NFL sources,” Klis reports that “it may be a while” before the sides close a deal.

Though Clady’s sacks-allowed total has been on the rise over the past three seasons, Klis’ story goes on to essentially blame the statistics on former Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow. Klis compared Tebow to Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, and claims Clady “has improved greatly as a run blocker.”

Now that Tebow is gone, the Broncos apparently believe Clady will improve in pass protection. And in order to lock him up, they’re going to have to pay top dollar.

Joe Thomas of the Browns is currently the NFL’s highest paid left tackle. He signed a seven-year, $84 million extension last August, with $44 million guaranteed.

Jake Long (Dolphins), Branden Albert (Chiefs), and Duane Brown (Texans) will be watching these negotiations closely. Like Clady, Long, Albert, and Brown are young left tackles entering the final year of their rookie deals.

Other notable left tackles in contract years include William Beatty (Giants), Bryant McKinnie (Ravens), and Sam Baker (Falcons). It’s also believed Chris Williams, who is in a contract year, will get a chance to beat out J’Marcus Webb for the Bears’ starting left tackle job. Williams was a starting guard last season.

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21 Responses to “Report: Broncos begin extension talks with Ryan Clady”
  1. therealraiderduck says: May 19, 2012 8:18 PM

    As a Raiders fan, this strikes me as similar to what Al (RIP) used to do: Pay an OK player like a superstar, and then assume he’ll play like one.

  2. thcnote says: May 19, 2012 8:23 PM

    Resign him now before he plays with Manning and only gives up 1 sack. Johnny boy knows what he’s doing.

  3. 4thquartermagic says: May 19, 2012 8:26 PM

    Well well well… shortly after a nonsense “Ryan Clady is Regressing” report, the Broncos simultaneously look to lock up the LT.

    Three reasons why the Broncos dismiss his higher sack totals of the last 3 years

    1) Two years ago, Clady was recovering from an MCL injury.

    2) Same year, Orton became starting QB. Long known as being a statue in the pocket, Orton locked onto Brandon Lloyd and almost never checked down to other receivers which resulted in sacks.

    #3 One year ago, after Orton lead the team to a 1-4 start, Tebow takes over. For three quarters of every game that followed, Tebow would run around in circles, avoid stepping up in the pocket, and never check-down to open receivers. Which resulted in… you guessed it, sacks.

    People are going to try and poke holes in the idea that this Bronco team might very well be the most talented team Peyton Manning has ever been on.

    OTA’s start Monday.

    Can’t wait!

  4. xstaticonradio says: May 19, 2012 8:26 PM

    I feel like GMs just read PFT and do the exact opposite of whatever these fools are saying to do.

    Probably a really good strategy honestly.

  5. broncsfan72 says: May 19, 2012 8:27 PM

    He is a superstar. Pay the man!!!

  6. philyeagles5 says: May 19, 2012 8:31 PM

    so much for regressing.

  7. fsf7 says: May 19, 2012 8:33 PM

    But Silva wrote that he is regressing! How can the Broncos possibly be considering extending the deal for the OT that a PFT writer says only was an All Pro based on name recognition — you know, the level of finishing 3rd in Rookie of the Year voting?

    The second sentence in this article is covering for Silva’s ignorant article. The current Broncos management is well aware of Clady’s performance and the circumstances that have factored into the “increased sack totals”. They are able to go beyond one degree of analysis and see deeper.

    Clady is a great athlete who has overcome injury and playing in a circus atmosphere the last two seasons and it is a smart move to get him locked up now, while his market value is lower. Left Tackles of his ability do not exactly grow on trees.

  8. 4thquartermagic says: May 19, 2012 8:34 PM

    therealraiderduck says:
    May 19, 2012 8:18 PM

    As a Raiders fan, this strikes me as similar to what Al (RIP) used to do: Pay an OK player like a superstar, and then assume he’ll play like one.
    __________________________________

    First of all, Al (RIP) would never sign Clady. His forty time is not nearly good enough.

    Second of all Clady is not an OK player. He’s a 3 (THREE) time pro bowler who has never missed a game. Give me 3 other LT’s with that resume.

    Raider fans…

  9. therealraiderduck says: May 19, 2012 8:57 PM

    4thquartermagic says:
    May 19, 2012 8:34 PM

    Second of all Clady is not an OK player. He’s a 3 (THREE) time pro bowler who has never missed a game. Give me 3 other LT’s with that resume.

    =============================

    And he gave up nine sacks and had 12 penalties last year for a team that threw the ball less than a dozen times a game.

    Bronco fans…

  10. jacobslatter says: May 19, 2012 8:58 PM

    The Broncos want to sign him to an extension…….. a low-ball (relatively speaking) deal because late in the year 2012 if he plays well he’ll be effing more expensive. Good bizness sense.

  11. thekiller678 says: May 19, 2012 9:05 PM

    P.Manning goes down week 2 and the pathetic Broncos resume their status as the laughing stock of the NFL

  12. briang123 says: May 19, 2012 9:09 PM

    When things are bad this year, it’ll be the WRs didn’t develop because of Tebow and the RBs were unable to move forward in their development because of Tebow.

  13. mrmarcus55 says: May 19, 2012 9:12 PM

    4thqtmagic or whatever…keep thinking this is the best team manning played on…no marvin harrisson, reggie wayne, dallas clark, jeff sat, freeney bob sanders on this team…8-8 just deal with reality homes.

  14. JaminJake says: May 19, 2012 9:54 PM

    mrmarcus55 says:
    May 19, 2012 9:12 PM
    4thqtmagic or whatever…keep thinking this is the best team manning played on…no marvin harrisson, reggie wayne, dallas clark, jeff sat, freeney bob sanders on this team…8-8 just deal with reality homes.

    __________

    I’m ok with our Corners, Von Miller, Dumervill, DJ williams. If Denver could run the ball with no passing game, it should be better with Manning right?

  15. jbaxt says: May 19, 2012 10:04 PM

    Denver’s offseason is cracking me up. I’ll go ahead and say they end up 3rd in the west.

  16. DenverBroncosFan_NoMatterWhat says: May 19, 2012 10:21 PM

    @4thquartermagic: Right on, brother. You speak on what most logical Broncos fans know. The only thing I have to call you out on is that Ryan Clady only went to the Pro Bowl this last season. He was All-Pro a couple of times, but other than that, he has been passed over for the Pro Bowl for Joe Thomas or Jake Long…then again, I could be wrong.

    If John Elway can lock up Iron Clady for 6 yrs, I’m all for it. You won’t find many LT’s like Clady every year.

  17. 4thquartermagic says: May 19, 2012 10:52 PM

    @ DenverBroncosFan_NoMatterWhat

    Nope man Clady definitley made the pro bowl last year.

    It was mostly due to the fact we had the #1 rushing offense in the league and the NFL had to pick at least one Bronco O-Lineman.

    Regardless the dude is a beast and players like him are in high demand and low supply.

  18. DenverBroncosFan_NoMatterWhat says: May 19, 2012 11:32 PM

    4thquartermagic says: May 19, 2012 10:52 PM

    @ DenverBroncosFan_NoMatterWhat

    Nope man Clady definitley made the pro bowl last year.

    It was mostly due to the fact we had the #1 rushing offense in the league and the NFL had to pick at least one Bronco O-Lineman.

    Regardless the dude is a beast and players like him are in high demand and low supply.

    That’s what I was tryin to say about the Pro Bowl. You had stated he made it three times in a row, but he only actually made it last season, not that he didn’t deserve to go a few more times before that. And if it was because they needed to send an o-lineman, then Clady was the only choice cause the rest of our line is green, with the exception of Kup. Hopefully the rest of the line can progress and get better, especially at C.

    But otherwise, completely agree…Iron Clady is a beast, no doubt. I wonder if he makes the Top 100? If Tebow made it, Clady has got to have a spot.

  19. mullman7675 says: May 20, 2012 1:45 AM

    Doesn’t really matter.

    Jared Veldheer will be the best LT in the division this year and for years to come. It won’t even be close.

  20. beelicker says: May 20, 2012 4:18 AM

    Dude looks like a Clady?

  21. metalfuzzydice says: May 20, 2012 9:56 AM

    @4thquartermagic

    Second of all Clady is not an OK player. He’s a 3 (THREE) time pro bowler who has never missed a game.

    —————————————————-

    Do not use the Pro Bowl as a way to validate someone being good or not. He was an injury replacement and the fact he made it over Duane Brown is ridiculous.

    Anything fans get to vote for instantly becomes worthless.

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