“We’re going to tag him,” said Elway, “Things have changed a little bit because he’s coming off a shoulder surgery. But we like Ryan. We like him a lot as a player and we’d like to get something done.”
Clady, 26, is already a three-time Pro Bowl selection and clearly one of the best offensive tackles in the league. Keeping him is without a doubt their biggest offseason priority, so it’s not surprising to see Elway be so candid about their plans.
The franchise tag with run the Broncos $9.66 million next season, but there’s still a chance they could work out a long-term extension at some point during the offseason.
We have Clady listed as the No. 2 best available player in our Top 50 Free Agents list.