Regarded as one of the most valuable positions for elite talent in football, left tackles get paid once they prove that they can ensure that they can provide special protection for their quarterbacks. One of those special left tackles in the NFL, Ryan Clady and the Broncos now finally have a deal, and Clady is going to get paid.
Clady, the team’s franchise left tackle, has agreed to a five-year contract extension with a base value of $52.5 million and a maximum value of $57.5 million hinging on Clady being an All-Pro twice during the next five years to earn the maximum incentives.
The contract includes $33 million guaranteed as one of the main reasons in getting Clady to sign before the franchise tag deadline. About 63 percent of the base value is guaranteed with that $33 million amount, huge for a lineman like Clady should he get hurt.
The franchise tag deadline has expired as Monday at 4:00 p.m. EST is the deadline for franchise players to sign long-term contract extensions, so assuming everyone’s fax machines are in proper working order, this deal will get sent into the league office with several hours to spare.
Clady has earned his payday and was set to earn a nice one year raise regardless as he was a lock to receive the franchise tag if he wasn’t signed to a long term deal before the deadline. The Broncos are attempting to cash in on the fact that the rest of the competition in the AFC West is rebuilding and that they still have a couple of good Peyton Manning seasons left. Adding Wes Welker to give the Broncos another weapon for Manning, it was only a matter of time before both parties came to terms on a deal as Denver continues to load up to be one of the favorites in the AFC this season.
Keeping Clady does a good job of doing all that is possible to ensure that Manning takes as little bumps as possible and keeps on running until the Broncos get their full value for one of the NFL’s greatest quarterbacks of all time. For them, Clady is a bargain if he can keep pass rushers away from Manning.