Ryan Clady is an unrestricted free agent who isn't going anywhere.
The Broncos' All Pro left tackle will return to protect Peyton Manning's blind side.
"We're going to tag him," said John Elway, the Broncos' senior vice president of football operations.
Elway added that placing a franchise tag on Clady, a procedure that will be made as soon as Tuesday, does not preclude the team and player from working out a multiyear contract extension.
"We'd like to work something out, like we did last year," Elway said, referring to contract negotiations with Clady that broke off prior to training camp. "Things have changed a little bit because he's coming off a shoulder surgery. But we like Ryan. We like him a lot as a player and we'd like to get something done."
Elway had just taken a break from "The Cave," as he calls it, the coaches' conference room where he and his scouts, personnel assistants and John Fox's coaching staff had just spent the first six hours of Thursday going over draft-eligible safeties.
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