May 212012
 

The Broncos took Ryan Clady 12th overall 4 years ago in the 2012 NFL Draft and he has been their left tackle ever since. He is heading into the final year of his 5 year rookie deal, but the Broncos do not seem prepared to let him potentially go next offseason. According to the Denver Post, the Broncos have opened extension talks with Clady, who is seeking top-5 tackle money.

Clady was awesome as a rookie in 2008. He didn’t allow a sack all season on 696 dropbacks. However, ever since Mike Shanahan left, Clady’s hasn’t been a natural scheme fit and has declined in every season. In 2009, he allowed 8 sacks, 20 pressures, and committed 8 penalties. In 2010, he allowed 6 sacks, 29 pressures, and committed 7 penalties. Last year, he allowed 6 sacks, 32 pressures, and committed 12 penalties, while grading out as one of the league’s worst run blockers.

Nonetheless, the Broncos view Clady as a young and capable franchise left tackle and franchise left tackles are rare. Aside from quarterback, no position more infrequently hits the open market in free agency so I would expect the Broncos to get a deal done with Clady, even if they end up overpaying him. Still just 26 in September, there’s always a chance Clady bounces back to his top-5 form in the future.

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