Franchising Clady is big first step in Denver

February, 15, 2013
2/15/13
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In our previous post, we discussed why the Denver Broncos need to retain star free-agent left tackle Ryan Clady.

In this post, we will discuss that the Broncos agree.

Denver football leader John Elway told the Denver Post that the team will place the franchise tag on Clady for this season. That was the expected recourse.

The tentative franchise tag number for offensive linemen this season is $9.660 million. The Broncos will continue to try to come to terms on a long-term deal with Clady, who has been a stalwart since being the No. 12 overall pick in 2008.

Denver has been talking to Clady about a long-term deal for a year. Clady was brilliant in 2012, protecting Peyton Manning's blindside.

Left tackle is one of the most important positions on the field. Teams rarely let special left tackles go. That is the case in Denver. This is just the first step toward making Clady a Bronco for the long-term.

Now, the AFC West focus turns to Branden Albert in Kansas City. The Chiefs will likely give their left tackle the franchise tag if they sign receiver Dwayne Bowe to a long-term deal. The Chiefs want to keep both players.

Bill Williamson | email

ESPN San Francisco 49ers reporter

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