Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reports that while the Broncos and OT Ryan Clady still have a ways to go regarding a long-term extension, “there is at least some sense that it could get done in the next month.”
La Canfora expects to see the negotiations to go “right to the deadline.”
Denver’s previous offer was reportedly “not in line with what a top-five tackle will earn these days.” Clady is not only considered to be a top-five tackle in the league, but the position has to be a priority for the Broncos, considering that Peyton Manning remains their quarterback.
Clady, 26, was franchised back in February and is believed to be seeking a similar contract to that of Joe Thomas – eight-years, $92 million deal and $44 million guaranteed. Clady stands to make $9.828 million under his franchise tender, but applying the designation to him again in 2014 would run the Broncos close to $12 million after the additional 20 percent is factored in.
We have Spencer listed as the No. 3 player in our Top 50 – 2014 Free Agents list.