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.