Denver’s interest in Joe Thomas doesn’t bode well for Ryan Clady


On the surface, the Broncos’ reported offer of a first-round pick for Cleveland left tackle Joe Thomas looks like an all-in effort to replace left tackle Ty Sambrailo, who is out for the year with a shoulder injury.

At a deeper level, the flirtation with Thomas can be interpreted as a bad sign for left tackle Ryan Clady, who has suffered two season-long injuries in three years under a big-money contract.

Clady is due to make $9.5 million in 2016 and $10 million in 2017. Sambrailo, a second-round pick in 2015, can do the job in 2016 and 2017 for a lot less, especially since his wage-scale contract can’t be renegotiated until 2018 at the earliest.

The interest in Thomas could mean that Sambrailo isn’t the answer, either. But the bigger message from the effort to land Thomas could be that Clady could see the plug pulled on his contract sooner than later.

14 responses to “Denver’s interest in Joe Thomas doesn’t bode well for Ryan Clady

  1. Correct me if I’m wrong, but isn’t Joe Thomas under contract for $10 million???? By my math Clady is just a shade cheaper

  2. mcguenther13 says:
    Correct me if I’m wrong, but isn’t Joe Thomas under contract for $10 million???? By my math Clady is just a shade cheaper

    But Thomas’ hit next year is $1M higher and they were willing to give up at least a 1st to get him. Denver wasn’t willing to do that just to cut Thomas and keep Clady over him next year. Consider yourself corrected

  3. Joe Deserves Better Than The “Factory of Sadness”. Great Tackle, But A Bit Old To Justify A 1st Rounder?

  4. “Correct me if I’m wrong, but isn’t Joe Thomas under contract for $10 million???? By my math Clady is just a shade cheaper”

    Yes, but if Clady can’t stay healthy, he’s not worth the risk for the upcoming seasons. We have a lot of contracts to extend next offseason, along with the complete lack of depth at OL. He’s too expensive to keep at that price.

    Elway has consistently said “We’re not in win now mode, we’re in win from now on mode”
    Problem is the the list of FA’s this offseason is huge! (Miller, Jackson, Trevathan, Wolfe, Osweiler, Hillman, CJ Anderson, Paradis just to name a few)

  5. Would’ve been a good move now and in the future. joe Thomas would’ve solidified for this year and going forward. If Clasy doesn’t bounce back then we would have Thomas. If Clady teturned to form then you would keep the best player/contract combo n trade the other in the off season. Now we just have to go with what we had before. Clady is awesome but Thomas would have been a great addition.

  6. And we are supposed to feel bad that one millionaire is maybe replacing another millionaire? Hmmmm.

  7. I don’t care how great a player is, when he is sitting on the bench injured he is a waste of money and roster space. Clady has been a waste 2 of the last three years. Great players sitting on the bench get gms and coaches fired.

  8. Clady can’t stay healthy. As such, he’s not a good risk going forward.

    The point is if they acquired Joe Thomas they get the best LT in the NFL for $10M~ a year(a virtual steal) and Ty Sambrailo switches to RT next season.

    Clady gets released when he’s healthy again.

    What’s so hard to understand about that. football is a business.

  9. Clady will have to take a pay cut to stay with the Broncos no matter what. He didn’t play like a pro bowler last year off of his foot injury and now a year older and coming off ACL no way they give him 10 mil again. To many good defenders to resign

  10. When Ryan Clady is on, you can make a case that he’s the premier LT in the game. He is well balanced in pass and run protection and is highly athletic. However he has had three major injuries. His patella tendon, lisfranc(year they went to the Super Bowl), and ACL this year. You’ve given him $23.2 million to ride pine due to injuries. He was once the premier LT in the game going 20 starts and only surrendering 1/2 a sack in that period. He just can’t stay healthy.

    Say what you want about Joe Thomas, but he’s someone you won’t have to worry about for the next 5 years. He’s a hall of fame LT and the best since Boselli and Ogden.

  11. CLE wanted DEN’s 2016 1st, 2nd and 3rd rnd picks. DEN was actually willing to give up the first 2 rnds, but CLE wanted shaq barret then as well. as a donkos fan i’m glad we couldn’t clear the cap room (5.5mm in current space vs his 5mm 2015 prorated amount, altho we’d need more than .5mm to cover future injury replacements this year) to handle joe’s modest contract for a all-in year

  12. Or maybe they wanted a patch since BOTH Ryan and Ty are on IR. Keep rolling with the hate Mike, it defines you.


    Winner winner chicken dinner…

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