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  • DP: Denver Broncos' Ryan Clady showing he's worth the big bucks

    Well I guess another pay the man thread, it seems like he's earned the paycheck even moreso now though

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    What Peyton Manning can't see hasn't hurt him. The Broncos quarterback's blind side has been well protected this season by a massive, agile offensive tackle whose feet are light, his once gimpy knee sound and his arms extended forever long.

    With the kind of season Ryan Clady has been having as the Broncos' left tackle, there is only one way to describe it:

    Pay The Man!

    "He's having a great year," said left guard Zane Beadles, who lines up next to Clady on the Denver offensive line. "He's a great athlete. That's kind of his MO. I don't think there is any doubt that he's back."

    To be sure, Clady's value isn't getting any cheaper. A case can be made that he is having the best season of his still-young NFL career— better even than his first team all-pro, pre-knee-injury season of 2009.

    Clady and Houston's Duane Brown are the league's only left tackles who haven't allowed a sack this season while starting every game.

    Although 6-foot-6 and 325 pounds, Clady has been seen with Beadles running 10 to 20 yards downfield, a couple of dancing bears throwing blocks on receiver screen plays. These are the plays that catch the attention of television cameras and tend to incite Pro Bowl votes.

    "It's fun to get out in space," Clady said. "You kind of have all eyes on you, so if you blow it (he laughs) everyone knows it. But it's fun having that cleanup block that helps spring for big yards."

    Hours of practice on technique also have enabled Clady to become a more efficient run blocker.

    "I think the area he's improved in is his run blocking," said Broncos coach John Fox. "It was something that we had seen as something he could improve at and he has."

    The Broncos tried to work out a long-term contract extension with Clady in the weeks before training camp, which opened in late July. Talks broke off with no deal. John Elway, the Broncos' vice president of football operations, declined comment. But both sides have agreed to resume negotiations after the season, when Clady becomes eligible for free agency. Clady is being paid $3.5 million in the final season of a five-year contract.

    To Clady's credit, and Manning's safety, Clady didn't become embittered at Denver management and have his disappointment bleed into his performance.

    "I wouldn't say disappointed, but I definitely wanted to get it done before training camp started," Clady said. "And it didn't, but I just went out and played. This is my fifth year in the league; I understand it's a business. My job is to go out and play my best every down, every year."

    Contract talks with pro athletes are always relative. The Broncos offered Clady a five-year, $50 million deal. Relatively speaking, that's a ton of dough. The $10 million average per year was greater than the 2012 franchise tag salary of $9.3 million and the projected $9.6 million to $9.8 million for a "tagged" offensive lineman in 2013.

    Even with Clady becoming eligible for free agency at season's end, the Broncos can retain his services by placing the franchise tag on him for each of the next two seasons. Then again, the $10 million-a-year offer to Clady is less than the compensation for three other left tackles: Philadelphia's Jason Peters ($12.8 million per year average), Cleveland's Joe Thomas ($11.5 million) and Miami's Jake Long ($10.6 million).

    With all due respect to Peters, Thomas and Long, it's difficult to say any of them are having better seasons than Clady. Certainly the commodities they are assigned to protect — Michael Vick, Brandon Weeden and Ryan Tannehill, respectively — aren't near the value of Manning.

    A 36-year-old quarterback coming off a missed year to recover from four neck surgeries, Manning has been sacked only 10 times this season, none in the past two games. Only three quarterbacks — brother Eli, Ryan Fitzpatrick and Matt Schaub — have been sacked less.

    Has there been an extra pinch of motivatation in Clady's performance this year to prove he's worth what the industry calls "Joe Thomas money?"

    "Even if I had been paid, I would have tried to prove I was worth the contract," Clady said. "There's always motivation to play hard."

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  • #2
    I read somewhere that the hold up is the guaranteed money over the first 3 yrs. Joe Thomas got $37 mil guaranteed over the first 3 yrs of his contract, the Broncos offered Clady $28 mil guaruanteed over the fist 3 yrs of the new contract offer.
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    • #3
      As much as I hate to say it, Clady did a really smart thing not accepting the offer we made to him earlier this year. His price tag rises every week. It's gonna hurt Mr. Bowlen in the wallet if/when we finally get his long term deal done. I know he's cut down drastically on the sacks, but he still needs to work on the holding penalties - he seems to get one or two each game.

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      • #4
        I understand why both sides (Clady and Broncos) did what they did.

        Clady has performed though and end of the year it is time to pay the man. PM may wanna take a little paycut to be given to Clady so that he does not have to worry about blind side hits.
        Time to build on the win and grow the team from some solid play higher level of play

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        • #5
          I was hesitant to give Clady a hefty contract after watching him last season.

          But he's totally turned it around this year. It also doesn't hurt to have Manning (and his quick release) behind center compared to Tebow (who tended to hold onto the ball too long).

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          • #6
            I think it goes both ways.Clady is playing exceptional along with Mannings quick release and decision making .Both players compliment each other very well.I'm not so sure Clady plays that way with every QB.Manning has to be mentoring Clady a lot,especially with those talks on the sideline.

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            • #7
              If Elway has dropped the ball at any point in 2012, it's not locking Clady up while we could get a good deal. Now we will be paying him Joe Thomas money, but deservedly so.
              Fightin' Texas Aggie c/o '16

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              • #8
                Originally posted by BroncoooJohnson View Post
                If Elway has dropped the ball at any point in 2012, it's not locking Clady up while we could get a good deal. Now we will be paying him Joe Thomas money, but deservedly so.
                It's not on Elway, Clady and his agent wanted Joe Thomas money.

                Now, he probably has no choice but to pony up to him.

                Hopefully it gets done this offseason and he's locked up longterm for the forseeable future.

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                • #9
                  Like I said in August, he's gonna set the market, and rightfully so. If it's worth the money for Manning's services, it's darn worth it to protect that investment. The opening monologue in "The Blindside" said it all, "Every house wife knows, the first check you write is for the mortgage. The second is for the insurance." I'm guessing $13.5mil/year with $39mil guaranteed when its all said and done.


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                  • #10
                    Clady is letting his play write the check he wants...

                    and good for him... he is showing he IS worth what he wants. he didn't hold out he didnt cause a disturbance... he simply let his play do the talking.

                    Pay the man I say.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by BroncoooJohnson View Post
                      If Elway has dropped the ball at any point in 2012, it's not locking Clady up while we could get a good deal. Now we will be paying him Joe Thomas money, but deservedly so.
                      We offered him a lower contract but he wanted one of the highest paid contracts in the league so Elway took a pay for play approach for this season
                      A healthy Kenneth Dixon is a top 5 NFL RB.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by BroncoooJohnson View Post
                        If Elway has dropped the ball at any point in 2012, it's not locking Clady up while we could get a good deal. Now we will be paying him Joe Thomas money, but deservedly so.
                        He turned down a 5 year deal worth $50 million.

                        He already wanted Joe Thomas type money. But Elway wanted to see him perform at that level. Now he has and will probably give it to him.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by BroncoooJohnson View Post
                          If Elway has dropped the ball at any point in 2012, it's not locking Clady up while we could get a good deal. Now we will be paying him Joe Thomas money, but deservedly so.
                          Originally posted by ERoyal248 View Post
                          It's not on Elway, Clady and his agent wanted Joe Thomas money.

                          Now, he probably has no choice but to pony up to him.

                          Hopefully it gets done this offseason and he's locked up longterm for the forseeable future.
                          Agreed everyone did what they should buisness wise. Clady took the bigger risk in a way but imo there was no doubt he was gonna have an all pro year....only injury early would have hurt Clady's side of the deal.

                          Well now it is time to pay the man.
                          Time to build on the win and grow the team from some solid play higher level of play

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                          • #14
                            Definitely deserves Joe Thomas type money. Pretty confident a deal gets done.
                            Come On You Blues! GO BRONCOS!

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                            • #15
                              We definitely cannot afford to lose Clady. Clady has been nothing less than professional on and off the field. I say pay the man, then slap that "C" on him
                              HE>i

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