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Broncos, Ryan Clady are currently at impasse

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Yes, the decision to bring free-agent tackle Russell Okung in for a tire kicking may have a little to do with left tackle Ryan Clady. Or a lot to do with Clady.

Per a source with knowledge of the situation, the Broncos and Clady are currently at impasse regarding his contract for 2016.

Clady is due to earn $9.5 million in 2016, the fourth year of a five-year contract signed after application of the franchise tag in 2013. So far, he has made $33 million but played in only 18 regular-season games.

Cutting him would cost only $1.2 million against the cap, and there’s no trigger that would force the Broncos to make a decision before Week One, when Clady’s salary becomes as a practical matter guaranteed. However, it would be prudent to resolve the situation before the start of the offseason program, since a fluke season-ending injury to Clady would put the Broncos on the hook for the full salary — and a cap number of $10.6 million.

If the Broncos and Clady can’t work out a new deal, a trade becomes a possibility. Teams currently looking for help at the position include the Giants, the Lions and, possibly, the Seahawks.

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38 Responses to “Broncos, Ryan Clady are currently at impasse”
  1. brownsfandrinkingmakersmark says: Mar 17, 2016 7:29 AM

    I’m sure the Browns will give Denver Joe Thomas (and probably throw in Joe Haden) for a late round draft pick. I’m sure the analytics guys running the show will chart out an age/cost/benefit pie chart. No need for talent evaluators here…

  2. broncfanor says: Mar 17, 2016 7:34 AM

    Trade him and move on.

  3. shogunassasin30 says: Mar 17, 2016 7:57 AM

    Clady- You’re one of those that’s injured all the time. The only thing you have to stand on is that hurt leg of yours. Take your pay reduction or get traded. Those are your 2 options

  4. johnniemayes says: Mar 17, 2016 8:00 AM

    Unreal Clady. He’s injured 2 of the last 3 seasons and can’t take a pay cut to stay here? I think the Broncos have paid him enough for not playing. Time he proves he can play through a season before he makes big money again.

  5. ckradio1079 says: Mar 17, 2016 8:19 AM

    “However, it would be prudent to resolve the situation before the start of the offseason program, since a fluke season-ending injury to Clady would put the Broncos on the hook for the full salary — and a cap number of $10.6 million.”

    Season ending injuries seem to be more the norm than a fluke for Clady. First three years of his big deal – played 18 and sat out 30 regular season games. $33 million earned for 18 games of work. Hate to see him go, but if he’s not going to take a massive paycut to stay, he’ll have to take a massive paycut to play somewhere else.

  6. Wonka22 says: Mar 17, 2016 8:35 AM

    Let me get this straight, they’re having issues with what a long time, successful lineman should earn: but they had no problem with offering 16 mill per year for an unproven qb, who even at his best was never more than a Ponder, Sanchez, Cassell….you get the picture. Sounds like they don’t have a clue how to set salaries properly. Pay a great o lineman good but not great money to do his thing, or pay a #2 quality qb 16 mill? LOL!

  7. bondlake says: Mar 17, 2016 8:39 AM

    He has “played in” 18 out of a possible 48 regular season games?

    And been paid $33 million?

    Dump him.

  8. oakallday says: Mar 17, 2016 8:47 AM

    I wouldn’t restructure at this point either. With Ryan Harris signing with the Steelers and Buttfumble new to town, someone has to keep him upright cause it sure as hell won’t be that turnstile Michael Schofield.

  9. kcchefs58 says: Mar 17, 2016 8:56 AM

    Elway’s ego is not writing checks his team can cash.

  10. r502 says: Mar 17, 2016 9:22 AM

    The Super Bowl champs are heading for a full blown rebuild shortly.

  11. xavier179 says: Mar 17, 2016 9:24 AM

    I didn’t know Elway was such a skin flint. He is bringing this team down to the mediocre level and quick.

  12. MasMacho says: Mar 17, 2016 9:57 AM

    Wow. Broncos fans are quick to the pitchforks. 2 SB appearances in 3 seasons, one for the win… and suddenly Elway is the problem. A fickle mob.

  13. tylawspick6 says: Mar 17, 2016 10:02 AM

    LMAO

    Elway is honestly a moron.

    Wait until the audits are done in a few years and we learn they cheated the cap again, like the greatest REAL cheating scandals of 1995, 1996 and 1997.

    How can you have that many FAs all at once, while being under the cap in the last few years?

    It doesn’t quite make sense, especially with Manning’s millions off the books.

    If they are willing to help Manning cheat his way back onto the field with undetected roids on NFL tests, just what else have they been involved in?

  14. slopes16 says: Mar 17, 2016 10:14 AM

    Yeah Elway is a moron, he should be giving every one of his players a max contract and keeping them all. It is plain and simple….

    I have to seriously question people commenting on here. Their is a thing in the NFL called a salary cap.

    Did Broncos lose some key players? Of course they did, it’s the NFL. They just won the Super Bowl with arguably one of the worst O-Line’s in the NFL. They still have 9 of 11 Defensive starters coming back. They also rotated a ton of young players last year to gain experience.

    They also have cap space and 5 picks in the first 4 rounds.

    Oh and a stock of compensatory picks coming in ’17 as well.

    Something tells me the Broncos will be okay.

  15. devindenv says: Mar 17, 2016 10:15 AM

    Does anyone else smell a Clady for Kaepernick trade coming?

  16. smithdp says: Mar 17, 2016 10:36 AM

    Clady is currently getting the “Elway Treatment”. Sign a big money contract, a few years later, Big John comes calling with a request to take a pay cut. But, don’t worry Ryan, you can earn it back through “incentives”. Happened to Manning, happened to Demarcus Ware, will happen to C.J. Anderson. Is happening to Clady now.

  17. bassplucker says: Mar 17, 2016 10:44 AM

    John Fox and Ryan Pace on Line 1.

  18. nhpats says: Mar 17, 2016 10:51 AM

    Elway is smart to not overpay for players…..especially a guy who is chronically injured. It’s rather BillBelichickEsque

  19. silvernblacksabbath says: Mar 17, 2016 10:51 AM

    Denver’s O-Line is in trouble… Khalil Mack can’t wait!

  20. boogerhut says: Mar 17, 2016 10:53 AM

    MasMacho says:
    Mar 17, 2016 9:57 AM
    Wow. Broncos fans are quick to the pitchforks. 2 SB appearances in 3 seasons, one for the win… and suddenly Elway is the problem. A fickle mob.

    Um, not one Championship Denver Broncos fan has a problem with Elway dude. You have zero clue.

  21. n0funnystuff says: Mar 17, 2016 10:58 AM

    All the comments before slopes16 are so uninformed its laughable, especially the pats fan haha. I forgot how annoying it is to read comments about your team from other fans who only comment on the headlines and don’t actually read the articles. That’s just the way it goes when you’re the Champs!

  22. jag1959 says: Mar 17, 2016 11:04 AM

    The Elway bashing is comical. As a Giants fan I could only wish Reese was that much of a ‘moron’, get a clue folks

  23. orangeandblueblood says: Mar 17, 2016 11:18 AM

    MasMacho says:
    Mar 17, 2016 9:57 AM
    Wow. Broncos fans are quick to the pitchforks. 2 SB appearances in 3 seasons, one for the win… and suddenly Elway is the problem. A fickle mob.
    —-

    It’s not Bronco fans giving him a hard time, look at the names, it’s usually Oakland, KC and Patriots fans. I don’t blame them, I’d be jealous too.

  24. mongo3401 says: Mar 17, 2016 11:20 AM

    Just another example that NFL contracts are not worth the paper they are written on. It’s not like the player signed the contract knowing he was going to miss 30 games due to injury. He was injured while playing for the team he signed with. I don’t blame the guy one bit for not wanting to re do anything. You know players are not dumb. This guy saw what they offered a putz like Oweiler

  25. tylawspick6 says: Mar 17, 2016 11:36 AM

    @JAG1959

    The only difference between Reese and Elway is Goodell ignored Manning’s cheating with Chinese roids and sharing those roids with people like Von Miller and others.

    Each GM has been awful, whiffing on drafts and not allocating/budgeting for their own players they did not whiff on in the draft.

    It’s fascinating watching people who get paid well be so awful at what they do.

    I could have done what Elway did. Anyone can open a checkbook.

    Elway is lucky his team faced a Pats squad with 10 starters or complementary players on IR and 21 total players on IR.

    We all know NE wipes the floor vs Denver if healthy.

    That’s twice now Denver got very lucky when facing NE.

    And no, 21 players on IR is not the norm for a team in the conf. title game. It’s called an incredible accomplishment and a big reason why Belichick is the greatest GM of all time.

    Keep up the hate. It;s not ending soon.

  26. steamingpilerex says: Mar 17, 2016 11:47 AM

    over what? Elway must be changing the menu for training camp meals or something? Sign some of these players already…your acting as dysfunctional as the Browns!

  27. mrclaytonbigsby says: Mar 17, 2016 11:55 AM

    You clowns know that they went to 2 Superbowls WITHOUT Clady right? I can tell all the Elway hate is coming from non Bronco fans lol.

  28. td30 says: Mar 17, 2016 12:08 PM

    it’d be pretty devastating if he got hurt again this year. BUT, if he was healthy, they sure could use an o-lineman…especially one who was great in the past. Sambraillo, Paradis, Garcia, and Stephenson are all capable starters

  29. jjackwagon says: Mar 17, 2016 12:19 PM

    No reason to pay Clady, tell him to earn the money they have already paid him. 18 games in 3 years is Haynesworth territory.

  30. carnegiemellonisafruitstand says: Mar 17, 2016 12:58 PM

    Yeah, but does he WANT to be a Bronco?

  31. montango says: Mar 17, 2016 1:06 PM

    “Elways a moron”…r u serious? That “moron”, just won the superbowl. Wish my owner was that type of “moron”….

  32. broncoscountry33 says: Mar 17, 2016 1:06 PM

    Unfortunate situation. He should be paid about 4 or 5 million. 18 games out of 55 in last three years doesn’t cut it. He’s made 33 million sitting at home playing xbox eating pizza

  33. xinellum says: Mar 17, 2016 1:37 PM

    And the Ravens who have a great need for a left tackle. The Ravens were going to give an unproven Osemele 8.5 mil and Clady is just 1 mil over that on his present contract. With his age, it appears the Broncos are trying to get him a little cheaper on a hometown discount but just like KO, left tackles are like franchise qb’s, there aren’t enough to go around the league so if the Ravens grab Clady on top of Weddle, Wallace, Watson and Wright, that narrow the Ravens needs to just a pass rusher and cb. They have 10 mil in cap space and can clear some more with a couple more cuts that will probably come either sooner or later. Both Okung and Clady have injury issues so whoever gets them had better have a backup. However, between Clady and Monroe, the Ravens could run out a serviceable left tackle even if one of them gets injured.

  34. JaminJake says: Mar 17, 2016 1:52 PM

    I understand wanting to be paid, but the Broncos really just want him to play for more than 18 games in 3 years. Having your LT is a huge part of football.

    He Flynn’d them.

  35. chawk12thman says: Mar 17, 2016 3:05 PM

    Given the comments about Clady and Elway it seems even the Denver Bronco fans are at an impasse….

  36. JaminJake says: Mar 17, 2016 4:19 PM

    What it comes down to is you CANNOT give Clady that kind of money. It has backfired 2 of the past 3 years. He also tore his patellar tendon. If he will not do something ala in game roster bonus, they need to trade him. Not cut, but trade.

  37. JaminJake says: Mar 17, 2016 4:19 PM

    What it comes down to is you CANNOT give Clady that kind of money. It has backfired 2 of the past 3 years. He also tore his patellar tendon. If he will not do something ala in game roster bonus, they need to trade him. Not cut, but trade.

  38. billco6192012 says: Mar 18, 2016 10:11 AM

    GIANTS NEED TO SIGN HIM

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