Broncos will likely place the franchise tag on Ryan Clady

The Denver Post believes the Broncos will end up placing the franchise tag on offensive tackle Ryan Clady this offseason in order to see how he recovers from shoulder surgery.

Broncos executive vice president of football operations John Elway has said re-signing Clady is a priority and said following the season he expected to get something done. However, Clady’s recent shoulder surgery likely increases the chances the Broncos take a little more wait-and-see approach on a long-term deal for the three-time Pro Bowl selection.

He has now had major knee surgery — in early 2010 — to go with shoulder surgery, an injury that bothered him for much of the season and kept him out of the Pro Bowl. As a result, the Broncos are far more likely to use the franchise tag on Clady, which would be a guaranteed one-year deal for $9.66 million.

That keeps Clady on the roster. From a business sense, it allows the Broncos to look at his recovery without diving in on a long-term deal before he is medically cleared to return to workouts.

I think the Broncos would love to give Clady a lucrative long-term contract, but they have to first make sure his long term health isn’t in jeopardy.