Denver Broncos offensive tackle Ryan Clady participates in team practice on the first day of training camp, Thursday, July 26, 2012. (BroncoTalk.net photo)
As it stands now, Ryan Clady is headed for free agency in 2013.
The Denver Broncos and the two-time Pro Bowl left tackle have “mutually agreed” to cease contract extension talks until after the 2012 season, The Denver Post reported Monday.
Clady is set to make $3.5 million in 2012, the final year of his rookie contract. The Broncos had reportedly hoped to extend Clady’s contract by Monday, and had offered Clady $50 million over five years to that end.
The Broncos can still place the franchise tag on Clady, which would cost them $9.6 million in 2013.
This is terrible news. Ryan Clady getting one step closer to free agency is Ryan Clady getting one step closer to leaving Denver. Pro Bowl left tackles don’t just hit the open market. They just don’t, and if Clady did, he’d be incredibly in-demand.
Clady wasn’t happy being the third-highest paid left tackle in the game (the equivalent of the Broncos’ offer), so he’s betting on himself having a phenomenal year protecting Peyton Manning and earning more money. That’s a bet I think the Broncos will regret letting Clady make. Thanks goodness for franchise tags.
Broncos, Clady break off contract talks [Denver Post]