These sides haven’t been able to get on the same page as to Clady’s value, and sources said the kind of money the Broncos had on the table for a long-term deal, prior to placing the tag on Clady, simply were not in line with what a top-five tackle will earn these days. Much less one entrusted with protecting the significant blind side of one Peyton Manning, who has his neck/spine issues and isn’t exactly Mr. Mobility. Denver’s edging closer to reality on what the cost will be to sign Clady for the next five years or so, and while there remains a gulf to bridge, there is at least some sense that it could get done in the next month. Again, look for this to go right to the deadline, but Clady proved last season his 2011 injury was behind him, and he would be a highly coveted free agent if allowed to get to the open market.
While Clady deserves to get paid, the Broncos have to use caution because of injury concerns. He has to prove he can stay healthy this season.