Left tackles don’t grow on trees and Ryan Clady is a very good one at that. The Broncos want to sign Clady to a long term deal, but if negotiations hit a snag, the team will use the franchise tag on him, according to Bill Williamson of ESPN.com.
Clady was selected by the Broncos, with the 12th overall pick in the first round of the 2008 NFL Draft.
He was also Denver's highest selected offensive lineman since Chris Hinton in 1983. The Broncos signed him to a five-year deal worth $46.75 million, with a guaranteed $23.375 million.
Protecting Peyton Manning's blindside is the highest priority, so Clady won't be going anywhere, any time soon.