Broncos place franchise tag on tackle Ryan Clady
Denver, CO, United States (4E Sports) – The Denver Broncos have place their non-exclusive franchise tag on left tackle Ryan Clady, boosting his salary from $3.25 million in 2013 to a career-high $9.828 million next season.
Broncos Vice President of football operations John Elway previously showed his intention to put a franchise tag on Clady weeks ago, but the latest front office decision is expected to leave a bad taste in the left tackle’s mouth.
Clady repeatedly said he plans to sit out the entire offseason if the Broncos place a franchise tag on him. Elway downplayed Clady’s comments as he believes sitting out would be disadvantageous to him.
“I don’t think its the best thing for Ryan,” Elway told ProFootballTalk on Saturday. “I think for Ryan to be what he wants to do and what he wants to be as a football player it’s not good to sit out an offseason. I don’t think it’s advantageous to him or us, so I’m hoping that doesn’t happen.”
According to sources, the Broncos will not start a serious negotiation for a long term contract with Clady unless he showed development in his rehab from a shoulder surgery this offseason.