Posted July 31, 2012

Ryan Clady contract: Broncos, tackle end discussions until after 2012 season

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Ryan Clady and the Broncos have ended contract discussions until after the season. (Steve Dykes/Getty Images)

The Denver Broncos and left tackle Ryan Clady have agreed to table all discussions of a new contract until the 2012 season ends, The Denver Post’s Mike Klis reported Monday. Clady is in the final year of his five-year rookie contract that will pay him $3.5 million this season.

“Although we want to reach an extension with Ryan, we are unable to do so at this time,” John Elway, the Broncos’ executive vice president of football operations, told The Denver Post. “Now, our complete focus as an organization must turn toward having a successful 2012 season.

“We’re looking forward to Ryan playing a key role on our team this year and hope he will be a Bronco for many seasons to come.”

Klis reported that the Broncos’ last offer — five years and $50 million — would have made him the third-highest paid offensive tackle in the league.

Clady will protect the blind side of new Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning this season. In his four seasons in the NFL, he has blossomed into a star left tackle. He has started all 16 games in each of his four seasons with the Broncos. He didn’t allow a sack for the first 20 starts of his career, the longest such streak since 1994, according to the Broncos’ website.