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“Lot of work to be done” to get Clady signed by July 15

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The annual deadline for signing franchise players to multi-year deals arrives on Monday, July 15.  After that day, none of the eight tagged players can sign long-term deals with their current teams until after the end of the regular season.

To date, six of them have signed their one-year franchise tenders.  Two of them, Broncos left tackle Ryan Clady and Bills safety Jairus Byrd, are unsigned.

With the franchise amounts not yet reflecting the recent sharp downturn in the free-agent market, it’s now harder to do long-term deals when a player has a high (relatively speaking) guaranteed salary for the coming season.  As a result, it won’t be a surprise if none of them get a long-term deal done before July 15.

Of them, arguably the most likely to ink a long-term deal is Clady, the man most responsible for keeping Peyton Manning’s neck and its quartet of surgeries in one piece.  Per a league source, it’s not impossible — but there is a “lot of work to be done” to make it happen.

On the surface, the recent DUI arrests of director of player personnel Matt Russell and pro personnel director Tom Heckert would make it harder to do a deal with Clady, since the organization is otherwise distracted right now.  At a deeper level, however, a franchise dealing with the left-right drunk-driving body blow could be inclined to give Clady what he wants in order to turn the page toward something far more positive.

So what does Clady want?  That’s not known.  In today’s NFL, it seems that only the quarterbacks get huge money.  Still, roughly 30 players are making $12 million or more per year, even with the salary cap growing at a very, very slow rate.

And beyond the quarterback position, players don’t get much more important than left tackle.  Three of the top four picks in this year’s draft — Eric Fisher, Luke Joeckel, Lane Johnson — are tackles.

It’s still an uphill climb to work out a long-term contract, with Clady’s offseason shoulder surgery likely making it harder for the Broncos to make the leap of faith.  Still, if they don’t sign him by Monday, chances are they won’t see him until only a few days before Week One, which could make it even harder to keep Peyton Manning’s neck and its quartet of surgeries in one piece.

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13 Responses to ““Lot of work to be done” to get Clady signed by July 15”
  1. gloryfromheaven says: Jul 11, 2013 2:19 PM

    Let’s just hope the Broncos don’t get to drunk to where they offer him $30 million a year

  2. frostymugobeer says: Jul 11, 2013 2:53 PM

    I just hope the fax gets there in time….the Broncos NEED Clady .
    I don’t see Elway or Manning let this guy even think about going to the Ravens.

  3. timbuttrum says: Jul 11, 2013 2:54 PM

    Don’t offer to talk it over a couple of drinks Ryan.

  4. bathroombenlovemachine says: Jul 11, 2013 2:58 PM

    This classless wife beater Ryan Clady does not deserve a new contract Eagles LT Jason Peters is better than him any way.

    Broncos are a classless organization

    Eagles will win Super Bowl 48

  5. broncosnative says: Jul 11, 2013 3:04 PM

    I hope clady has been working our, he’s hurting the team by not being there. It would suck if a deal doesn’t get done and e doesn’t show up til week one. He is the last peice to the puzzle for the broncos offense tobe explosive, do he not want to be part of what can be an remarkable season. He may be the best LT out there but at the end of the day, he’s just a blocker. His only job is to block, I don’t think denver should offer more than 12 million a year for a blocker. I feel if he doesn’t get a long term deal done by Monday, he may be setting himself up to test the market next season, that could be a bad move

  6. blackstrat says: Jul 11, 2013 3:06 PM

    Elway will not allow the recent distractions to keep him from sighing Clady providing it is in their plans to sign/pay him what he is asking.

    To say that they need to get him signed for any other reason than they want to pay him to protect Manning is journalistic license.

    Elway won’t be strong armed.

  7. broncobeta says: Jul 11, 2013 3:07 PM

    bathroombenlovemachine says:
    Jul 11, 2013 2:58 PM
    This classless wife beater Ryan Clady does not deserve a new contract Eagles LT Jason Peters is better than him any way.

    Broncos are a classless organization

    Eagles will win Super Bowl 48
    —————————–

    From the fanbase that threw batteries at Santa Claus.

  8. zatoichi7 says: Jul 11, 2013 3:37 PM

    blackstrat says: Jul 11, 2013 3:06 PM.

    Elway won’t be strong armed.
    ____________________________

    he used to be strong armed.

  9. somethingsmellsrotten says: Jul 11, 2013 3:53 PM

    Dear Santa:

    Please make Ryan Clady hold out all season so MegaHead will go down hard and often.

    Thanks,
    Little Timmy

  10. somethingsmellsrotten says: Jul 11, 2013 4:01 PM

    broncobeta says:
    Jul 11, 2013 3:07 PM

    bathroombenlovemachine says:
    Jul 11, 2013 2:58 PM
    This classless wife beater Ryan Clady does not deserve a new contract Eagles LT Jason Peters is better than him any way.

    Broncos are a classless organization

    Eagles will win Super Bowl 48
    —————————–

    From the fanbase that threw batteries at Santa Claus.

    —————————-

    From the fanbase that threw batteries at their own players.

  11. cospgsmadman says: Jul 11, 2013 5:12 PM

    Just sign him!!! Don’t need another fax fiasco. He has been a super solid tackle. Most teams don’t have that luxury.

  12. mauijim805 says: Jul 11, 2013 5:24 PM

    dear bathroomonehandedselflove machine,Why don’t you worry about your own circus,Please enjoy watching. The Broncos in January…

  13. blackstrat says: Jul 11, 2013 5:28 PM

    cospgsmadman says….
    Just sign him!!! Don’t need another fax fiasco.”
    So tired am I of this Fax reference.
    It was Dumerville’s agent who sent the fax LATE to the Broncos.
    There was NO fax faux pas…Just an a hole agent who got fired immediately for his idiocy.
    No Fax gate……Get it?
    Broncos did not err here.

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