Originally Posted by Bacchus
You do understand Clady does not have to sign the franchise tag. Do you understand that? All Clady has to do is not sign the Franchise tag and holdout. How long will the Broncos be able to go into the season with Clady not being there? Do you know who Denver's back up LT is?
Clady is too important to try to Franchise because if he refuses to sign it and holds out Denver is in no position to call his bluff.
If you hadn't noticed The Saints tried to franchise Brees. How did that work out for them? Oh yeah Brees got a $25 million a year contract that is how. If the Saints would have signed him last year to $20 million a year they would have saved a lot of money and a lot of bad PR.
Get Clady in make him the highest paid OT in the NFL and move on!!!! Because if they try to franchise him next year all he has to do is not sign the contract and then hold out and Denver will have to give him everything he wants or go into the season without him.
Brees' contract is worth $20m per year. He signed a 5 year $100m contract. His has a bonus of $37m and $40m guaranteed this year. Due to prorating his bonus, his cap figure is relatively low this year at around $12m.
Comparing one of the top 2 or 3 players in the entire league with a player that isn't in the top 5 of his position class is stupid. A QB holds a lot more value and can call a team's bluff. A LT, that has never really had a big pay day... not so much. Franchise tags protect teams for players like Ryan Clady, not guys like Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees, or Tom Brady.
Either way, I think if he plays well early on he'll probably get a 5 year $40m extension and be happy. He is a middle of the pack LT.