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The deadline for franchise players to accept long-term deals is fast approaching and with two days left before Ryan Clady can only sign a one-year contract, the Denver Broncos are optimistic that a deal will be completed by the deadline.
According to a source close to ProFootballTalk, there’s belief that a contract will be completed, but there are issues relating to the structure of the deal:
“A source with knowledge of the negotiations tells PFT (ProFootballTalk) 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 structure of Clady’s deal has become an issue for both sides because it needs to take into account a one-year guaranteed salary of $9.66 million while considering the current market. If the Broncos are unable to re-sign Clady, they possibly run the risk of him staying away from training camp and the entire preseason while still receiving the full amount of the franchise tender.
This past season, Clady played through a right shoulder injury that required offseason surgery. However, he was still extremely effective throughout the season as Peyton Manning’s blindside protector, allowing only one sack. Manning has expressed confidence that both sides will come to terms and values Clady as one of the best protectors in the league.
Clady was chosen by the Denver Broncos in the first round of the 2008 NFL Draft and has been selected for the Pro Bowl three times in his young career.
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