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Ryan Clady deal apparently hung up by $9 million in guarantees

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The Broncos may have offered left tackle Ryan Clady a five-year, $50 million contract, but the structure of that deal was the apparent hang-up, according to Mike Klis of the Denver Post.

Klis, citing a league source, said the rejected proposal included $28 million in guarantees through the first three years of the deal, or $9 million short of the three-year guarantees received by Joe Thomas in his last deal with the Browns.

Clady’s scheduled to make $3.5 million this year, the last year of his rookie deal. And the Broncos could always use the franchise tag (expected around $9.6 million next year) next year to keep him out of the free agent market.

“Although we want to reach an extension with Ryan, we are unable to do so at this time,’’ John Elway, the Broncos’ executive vice president of football operations, told the Post after negotiations broke off Monday. “Now, our complete focus as an organization must turn toward having a successful 2012 season.

“We’re looking forward to Ryan playing a key role on our team this year and hope he will be a Bronco for many seasons to come.”

To do so, the Broncos are apparently going to have to come off their current offer.

But the difference in guarantees is apparently enough to make Clady willing to wager nearly $25 million. That’s not to say he should blindly accept the Broncos’ last offer, but it does illustrate the risk he’s taking by playing out his rookie deal.

From the other side, the Broncos have pushed all their chips to the middle on a 36-year-old quarterback who didn’t play at all last year because of neck problems. Having his protection in the hands of a disgruntled left tackle is good for no one.

The fact Clady’s played this one down the middle, not turning it into an ugly holdout a la Maurice Jones-Drew should buy him a little extra consideration. But the role he’s going to play in Manning’s well being and the team’s success should matter even more.

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9 Responses to “Ryan Clady deal apparently hung up by $9 million in guarantees”
  1. kurb21 says: Jul 31, 2012 3:38 PM

    Ryan Clady is proof that first impressions are the most important.

    He certainly has not passed the eye test the past few seasons…though he was hard to evaluate in 2011 due to having a QB who took 13 seconds to release the ball.

  2. smacklayer says: Jul 31, 2012 3:40 PM

    Clady is a notch below Thomas in performance. This offer seems to be fair with plenty of guaranteed money for his skills. Especially since he will be franchised for about the same price next and about 12million in 2014. That’s three more years without a contract making roughly what he could be making with a long term contract. If he is eyeing free angency, that’s a lot of games to play risking injury. Hope he doesn’t come to regret not taking that offer. That position takes a lot of wear and tear.

  3. KIR says: Jul 31, 2012 3:49 PM

    First of all to play fire 3.5 when you have 50 mil and 28 mil guaranteed on the table is beyond stupid. His only option is to come to terms maybe split the difference in guaranteed money or WALKOUT. They need and must have him to protect Peyton (100 mil contract). He has great leverage right now.

  4. broncojazzfan says: Jul 31, 2012 4:55 PM

    I don’t know about anybody else out there. But I love that picture.

  5. yssupasigninnamnotyep says: Jul 31, 2012 5:38 PM

    Love that pic…can’t wait to see another one just like it with a ‘1’ in front of the 8.

  6. listenup823 says: Jul 31, 2012 11:23 PM

    Dear yssupasigninnamnotyep,
    Take your p.j.s off, take a shower, move out of mommy’s house and get a job.. I have never seen such a tool with a bigger mancrush on Peyton Manning than the one you obviously have.. And before you go.. Please wipe all the DNA off moms computer keyboard and stay away from the Internet…. F$&@ing douche….

  7. yssupasigninnamnotyep says: Aug 1, 2012 1:01 AM

    Pretty original listenup…talking about moms and jobs. I guarantee I make more than you ever dreamed of…I won’t even stoop to your level. But I will say this – anytime, anywhere…I will pound your f’ing head in you little wimp.

  8. listenup823 says: Aug 1, 2012 3:41 PM

    Blah. Blah, blah… Better bring all your skateboard punk friends with you.. Pretty stupid to make threats to someone you have no clue who they really are… You have to be a Faiders fan no doubt..What a moron…

  9. yssupasigninnamnotyep says: Aug 1, 2012 5:10 PM

    Who are these Faiders you mention…don’t believe I have ever heard of that before. Wow, you have some real original stuff there listenup823. Obviously you’re a product of Denver public schools…not real bright or imaginative.

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