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Clady deal “should get done” but there’s still work to do

Ryan Clady

Denver Broncos offensive tackle Ryan Clady (78) sits on the bnech during the second half of an NFL preseason football game against the Chicago Bears in Chicago, Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)


The Broncos could be getting some much-needed good news.

With two days to go until the window for signing franchise-tagged left tackle Ryan Clady to a long-term deal closes until the completion of the regular season, a source with knowledge of the negotiations tells PFT that the contract “should get done.” The source cautioned, however, that plenty of issues still remain, specifically as it relates to the structure of the deal.

The challenge for both sides is to work out a contract that properly takes into account a one-year guaranteed salary of $9.66 million but that also reflects the current dynamic of the market, which has become more and more skewed toward the quarterback position.

Clady had shoulder surgery earlier in the offseason, and the Broncos had opted to take a wait-and-see approach regarding his recovery. The problem is that, if they don’t sign him by Monday, Clady has every right to stay away from training camp and the entire preseason, collecting the full amount of the franchise tender by showing up only days before the first game of the regular season.