NFL players are not fans of the franchise tag, and Denver Broncos offensive tackle Ryan Clady is no exception. Instead of reaching a long-term deal with Clady, Denver prevented him from reaching free agency by placing the franchise tag on their valuable left tackle. Clady is still looking for a long-term deal and will not attend Denver's offseason activities, according to The Denver Post.
Clady will earn $9.6 million in 2013 under the franchise tag if Clady and the Broncos are unable to reach a long-term deal prior to the season. Clady has not signed his franchise tender, however, as he continues to do anything he can to gain leverage in long-term contract talks. As The Denver Post notes, Denver's upcoming workouts are considered voluntary, and Clady is not considered a holdout by not showing up.
Denver and Clady attempted to reach a long-term deal prior to the 2012 season, but the two sides were unable to come to an agreement. Clady reportedly rejected a deal worth $50 million.
Clady has established himself as one of the best left tackles in football and is tasked with protecting Peyton Manning's blind side. Pro Football Focus ranked Clady as the fourth-best offensive tackle in 2012.
If the Broncos and Clady are to reach an agreement, the deal will likely be north of the $50 million Clady rejected prior to last season. The St. Louis Rams recently signed Jake Long to a four-year, $34 million deal, and Clady has been a superior lineman in recent years.
It's unknown if Clady will hold out from mandatory camps later this spring and summer, but one thing is clear -- the offensive lineman wants a long-term contract.