Ryan Clady, Broncos stop talking contract


Broncos tackle Ryan Clady won’t be getting a contract extension anytime soon.

Mike Klis of the Denver Post reports that Clady and the Broncos have mutually decided to shelve talk about a new contract until after the 2012 season. Clady will make $3.5 million this season, the final year of his five-year rookie pact.

The Broncos reportedly offered Clady a five-year, $50 million deal with $28 million guaranteed earlier this month, a deal that would have made him one of the five best-paid tackles in football. Rejecting it would suggest that Clady is shooting for a bigger, Joe Thomas-sized number as a free agent after this season. Thomas’ deal with the Browns averages out at more than $11.5 million per season.

The fly in that ointment, well one of the flies, is Denver’s ability to use the franchise tag on Clady. If that happened, Clady would stand to make around $9.6 million in 2013 if he didn’t work out a long-term agreement.

Fly number two would be the fact that Thomas has been a better player than Clady over the course of their respective careers. That’s not a big knock on Clady, because Thomas has been at an elite level since stepping into the league. If Clady wants that kind of money, it looks like he’ll have to prove he’s worth it this season.


21 responses to “Ryan Clady, Broncos stop talking contract

  1. he should have took the money and ran. This guys play has been falling off. he probably won’t even sniff that amount of money next year when manning goes down because of one of his blown assignments. Tambi hali gonna go off on this kid like always.

  2. He’s an idiot for not taking the 5 year/50 mill deal. All it takes is one bad year for your value to plummet.

  3. If he proves he’s worth it, they’ll pay him. There’s only one way to prove it though and that’s if Peyton gets through the entire year. Good luck Ryan, you make that happen and you’ve earned your check

  4. If Peyton got hurt and we were stuck with Caleb Hanie, Adam Weber or Brock… Why the hell would we need a $10 million per year lineman???

  5. I would laugh hysterically to see Clady blow it this season & be wishing he could have signed that contract. 28 million guaranteed! What is wrong with these greedy players these days???

  6. He’s being awful greedy for a guy who looked to be LESS effective after missing a year from injury.

  7. When was the last time you saw Duane Brown get beat against the run or the pass? Exactly. #76 is the best LT in the NFL. Nobody has really noticed it or talked about it because he didn’t have a zero sack season as a rookie (Clady) or technical hype coming out of college (Thomas).

    But his film is better than both these guys.

  8. Hey Ryan Clady,

    Why dont you call Mike Wallace and ask him about overvaluing your ability?

    Take $28 m guaranteed today…or play a vicious season of football and hope to get what …$28 million guaranteed?

    Some of these guys are fools, I get if a team is lowballing you, but this deal is more than fair market value.

    Hope your ACLs hold up dude, seems foolish to risk $25 million on it.

  9. Ridiculous. Clady is overvaluing himself– at the level he’s played the last two years, that contract was MORE than sufficient. His first two years, IMO he was arguably the best O-tackle in the entire league. Dude looked close to unbeatable in pass pro, and was a very effective zone blocker with elite mobility.

    Post-injury Clady simply hasn’t been the same player. He doesn’t have the same kick-step to shut off the edge against speed, and he gets caught holding a ton because of it. If he doesn’t return to pre-injury form this year, the team will need to move on– they can find somebody to perform the way he has recently for significantly less. At best, maybe they franchise him for a year or two, to at least keep a veteran on Manning’s blind side while they develop a draft pick.

  10. Good for the Bronco’s.

    Imagine that, a team holding a player responsible for actually EARNING his money before just giving it to him.

    Too bad the league hasn’t learned that lesson with Rookie contracts yet.

  11. I have a feeling he was banking on getting more money simply because he will be blocking for Peyton Manning. Well, looks like John Elway isn’t buying that line of BS. Clady should have taken that guaranteed money. Dumb move Ryan. Dumb move.

  12. Doesn’t Tamba Hali dirty work this dude for like 3 sacks a game? Seems that way everytime I watch.

  13. Clady has one thing to worry about, injury.

    Otherwise, the Broncos will either give him a similar/same offer even if he has an off year. Or they increase their offer. Either way, you don’t invest what they have in Manning and not protect him. LTs are not easy to find and Clady is a good young LT. He is not elite, but he wants to be paid like he is. What NFL player is not looking to get paid as much as possible however.

  14. OK, I know he has the college edjamacation, And I am just some yahoo but if he signs now he makes $50m the next 5 years or $10m per year, but no thats not good enough so lets play this year for 3.5m then sign for 11.5m next year (barring injury). So the math on that works out to be (11.5 x 5= 57.5m)+3.5m for this year = 61m divided by 6 years total= $10.17m per year, now is it really worth the risk to hold out for this when you have already had knee problems and could lose out before you get the next contract?

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