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Clady’s camp expects to hear from Broncos next week

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The clock is ticking on Broncos left tackle Ryan Clady and every other player who was slapped with the franchise tag for 2013.

If a long-term deal isn’t done by July 15, no long-term deal can be negotiated with the player’s current team until after the 2013 regular season ends.

Two of the franchise players have not signed their one-year franchise tenders:  Broncos left tackle Ryan Clady and Bills safety Jairus Byrd.  As to Clady, a source with knowledge of the situation tells PFT that the two sides exchanged proposals last month, and that the Broncos are expected to make a new offer next week.

Yes, that will be cutting it close.  But as we’ve seen time and again, the NFL is driven by deadlines.

In this specific case, the deadline takes a back seat to the player’s health.  As Broncos executive V.P. of football operations John Elway told Pro Football Talk on NBCSN at the Scouting Combine, the Broncos want to see how Clady recovers from offseason shoulder surgery until making a long-term commitment.

I think we’ll wait and see how that comes out,” Elway said at the time.  “Obviously we don’t want to jump right in because that’s always, especially for a tackle, those shoulders are always tough and we’ll see how he comes out of it.  But we don’t anticipate any problems with that.  My understanding is the surgery went well and our training crew says that things look good so we don’t anticipate any problems but we’ll see how he comes out of it.”

Absent a long-term deal, Clady could choose to boycott training camp and the preseason, showing up only a few days before the regular-season opener and collecting the full amount of the $9.66 million franchise tender.

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8 Responses to “Clady’s camp expects to hear from Broncos next week”
  1. thestrategyexpert says: Jul 2, 2013 12:54 PM

    Well if the deadline is July 15th, then Denver will probably order the telegram to wired on July 16. Unless they have upgraded to messages via carrier pigeons already.

  2. joetoronto says: Jul 2, 2013 1:01 PM

    Tell horse face to stay away from the fax.

  3. gloryfromheaven says: Jul 2, 2013 1:07 PM

    It’s hard to find pro bowl left tackles like Clady and he may very well be the best in the biz when it comes to pass blocking. The future is almost near for Owseiler and if they don’t have Clady, it’s gonna hurt Osweiler’s production a little bit…

  4. jkvndn99 says: Jul 2, 2013 1:10 PM

    In what world is a carrier pigeon an upgrade from the telegraph?

  5. broncosnative says: Jul 2, 2013 1:26 PM

    Elway and co better get this deal done 2 days before the deadline, don’t want them to be known for the team who can’t get their fax straight. I have a feeling though that clady will be locked up with a long term deal soon, I doubt elway would let his $96 million QB go unprotected through their SB journey

  6. baconispigcandy says: Jul 2, 2013 1:39 PM

    Please hold out Clady…I want to see MegaHead go down hard and often this year.

  7. fubar5150 says: Jul 2, 2013 3:34 PM

    Just get it done we lost Elvis font piss off Clady too

  8. mbones2 says: Jul 3, 2013 2:42 PM

    @baconispigcandy you mean like your mom does every night?

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