On the eve of training camp for the Denver Broncos, media got a chance to talk to starting LT Ryan Clady.
Clady has had an eventful and lucrative offseason. After turning down a five-year deal worth up to $50 million and $28 million guaranteed in 2012, the Denver Broncos were able to lock up Ryan Clady this offseason. In a similar deal to the 2012 offer, Clady signed a five-year deal worth up to $57.5 million and $33 million guaranteed just a little over a week ago. Clady was relieved to finally get a contract extension and it showed today. "It's good just to have that weight off my shoulders and not have to worry about it," Clady said. "It's good just to know I'll be a Bronco long-term."
The big left tackle had surgery on his right shoulder after the heartbreaking loss to Baltimore in the playoffs last year, which he admit added to the anxiety to get a deal done."It's good right now," Clady said referring to his shoulder. Clady will not be ready to go when training camp starts tomorrow. "I'm not 100 percent, but it's getting there as I ease into camp" Clady went on to say.
As Clady alluded to, The Denver Broncos plan to be pretty cautious with their newly signed left tackle. They want to hold Clady back the next two to three weeks. It is also said that Clady may miss the two first preseason games against San Francisco and Seattle. This means backup left tackle Chris Clark may be protecting Broncos QB Peyton Manning for the first half of preseason. Thankfully for Manning, by week 3 in preseason, Clady should be ready to rock.
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