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Ryan Clady’s situation remains unclear

DENVER, CO - JANUARY 12:  Ryan Clady #78 of the Denver Broncos gets set to block against the Baltimore Ravens during the AFC Divisional Playoff Game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on January 12, 2013 in Denver, Colorado.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images) Getty Images

After the Broncos signed tackle Russell Okung, it seemed that a trade of tackle Ryan Clady would come next. It may indeed happen eventually, but for now there’s no indication that it’s happening imminently.

Per a source with knowledge of the situation, the Broncos and any potentially interested teams are keeping their cards close to the vest — to the point that it’s impossible to even know how many teams would be inclined to make a deal. The best guest at this point is that four or five teams would entertain the possibility, to varying degrees. Some teams feels so strongly about keeping their draft picks that they’d never pull the trigger on a trade for a guy who has played 18 games in three seasons.

Also, Clady is on the books for $9.5 million in 2016 and $10 million in 2017. The contract would need to be adjusted to facilitate a trade, something that the Broncos and Clady have been unable to do.

There’s still a chance, in theory, that the Broncos and Clady will agree on a reduction in his pay, which would give them both Clady and Okung under contract for 2016. In theory, Okung and his ridiculous contract could then be traded to a team looking for a left tackle, or a right tackle.

Given that the NFL is driven by deadlines, the one most relevant to Clady arrives with the launch of the offseason program on April 18. If Clady shows up and begins participating in events that eventually culminate in Organized Team Activities (i.e., practice without pads), the Broncos will risk owing Clady the full $9.5 million if he suffers a season-ending injury during the process.

Since that’s precisely what happened to Clady in 2016, the Broncos likely won’t want to take any chances — and Clady likely will want to force their hand by showing up.

So the Broncos have 30 days to work this out.

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16 Responses to “Ryan Clady’s situation remains unclear”
  1. gerwinke1985 says: Mar 19, 2016 9:55 AM

    at least they could keep each other company while on IR

  2. unbiasednfltruth says: Mar 19, 2016 10:01 AM

    Florio was a sports agent in his former life.

  3. huh6016 says: Mar 19, 2016 10:07 AM

    Seems the Broncos must view either Clady or Okung as their starting QB……..

  4. kissbillsrings says: Mar 19, 2016 10:08 AM

    Since when have the Broncos ever cared about cap space?

  5. tjg342011 says: Mar 19, 2016 10:18 AM

    Or keep each other company at the pro bowl in 2017. Cause if clady plays he will be there or SB he’s made the pro bowl and all pro 4 times out of the 5 yrs he’s been on the field.

  6. willycents says: Mar 19, 2016 10:23 AM

    Clady needs to take a pay cut to league minimum, then sign a $10MM annual contract to advise team mates on procedures for rehab, like Brady’s outside $30MM contract with the Patriots for water in the locker room.
    Nah, Denver has too much integrity to do that type of scam to circumvent the salary cap.

  7. jag1959 says: Mar 19, 2016 10:43 AM

    If Clady does ‘adjust’ his contract he would be well advised not to take any advice from Okung on it

  8. BroncosCheatedTheSalaryCap says: Mar 19, 2016 11:07 AM

    Elway is managing the Broncos cap. This is the same cheat who accepted money under the table as a player (along with two others) in order to circumvent the cap during their first two SB runs. This is like OJ Simpson being in charge of a murder investigation.

  9. bondlake says: Mar 19, 2016 12:30 PM

    This would not remain unclear if I were the Broncos GM.

    Clady has “played in” 18 games out of a possible 48, and has been paid $33 million.

    It’s crystal clear: Dump him.

  10. osiris33 (bandwagon since 1976) says: Mar 19, 2016 1:07 PM

    The Broncos can draft a pretty good tackle prospect at #31 (there are only 31 picks in the 1st round because the Patriots were caught cheating again) so there’s a good chance neither Clady nor Okung is actually on the roster cut to 53. Would be ironic

  11. codiablo says: Mar 19, 2016 1:34 PM

    Clady to MN, Kalil to Sea, low draft picks to denver

  12. finfansince68 says: Mar 19, 2016 1:43 PM

    Maybe Ryan should fire his agent – represent himself & try to get a better offer

  13. mattbilleauthor says: Mar 19, 2016 1:45 PM

    Dolphins – get ff your fins and add this guy!

  14. gem says: Mar 19, 2016 5:06 PM

    Here come the professional Patriot Trolls… An army of angry women sticking up for Miss Tommy … ( he can’t throw the ball AND catch it too !!)

    Mean Girls — Professional Hags stuffing the ballet box – for their favorite Homecoming Queen

  15. kneedragr says: Mar 19, 2016 7:59 PM

    Just cut him. Okung is better and somewhat less injury prone. Clady isnt going to change his deal, so…

  16. stopthemadness101 says: Mar 19, 2016 8:31 PM

    Trade him to the Bucs for Mike Glennon

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