Originally Posted by Drek
He won't make it to FA next year. If they team is willing to offer 5/$50M they're definitely willing to franchise tag him at the end of the season.
5/$50M is a very fair offer. If Clady wants more make him prove it, at more than 5/$50M the downside of him never being '08/'09 Clady outweighs the savings if he returns to that form. At or below 5/$50M you can make a strong argument that you're saving money if he returns to career form.
Obviously Ryan is hoping to have his cake and eat it too, getting a deal like he's the elite LT he looked like early on without having played up to that level recently. We can give him that Joe Thomas deal just as easily next off-season if he earns it, or we can have him play another year on the bubble via the franchise tag.
give him the 50 mil and then build in incentives to get it where he THINKS it should be.. if he wants to be paid like one of the big boys let him earn it every game.. pretty simple IMO..
If he declines then franchise his ass while we draft or trade for his replacement..
Everyone thinks that OLT is the premier spot.. It used to be but with teh advent of 3-5 step drops and teh ball coming out fast it is no loner the money spot it used to be..
Do not get me wrong having an above average guy there will help matters, but tha past couple of years he has not been that above average guy we thought we were getting.. Now the maroock is wanting to be paid as the top guy.. Let him earn it..