Clady (26, 6'6", 315 pounds) went on the Les and Tom Show on 102.3 ESPN Denver on Monday and said he will not attend camp, noting "I wouldn’t be participating anyway," due to his ailing shoulder.
Clady is recovering from shoulder surgery and is refusing to sign the one-year $9.8 million franchise tag the team placed on him earlier in the year. Because he is not under contract, Clady will not be fined for skipping camp.
Ryan Clady on 102.3 FM: “I don’t know if anything will happen [before extension deadline July 15] No talks right now w/team.” #Broncos
— Bert Jan Brands (@bertjanb) June 10, 2013
But it doesn't sound like the Broncos were planning on giving Clady a multi-year deal anytime soon, anyway.
The Broncos and Clady's rep have not negotiated on a new contract all year. Team wants to see how his shoulder recovers.
— Lindsay Jones (@bylindsayhjones) June 10, 2013
Nalen, who was named to the team's Ring of Fame last month, is now a radio host in Denver and closely follows the Broncos—now as a member of the media. Replying to Jones' tweet about the Broncos monitoring Clady's shoulder, Nalen responded:
"Yes, let's look for a top three tackle in the NFL for 2014 or 2015. Brilliant."Nalen's response was obviously a condescending one, as he points out that Clady will be free to sign elsewhere in 2015 if the team does agree upon a long-term deal with the veteran left tackle (the Broncos can use their franchise tag on Clady again in 2014, but are restricted from using a tag on the same player in three consecutive offseasons).
Ultimately, the Broncos still have time.
But in the meantime, Clady won't be showing up for minicamp and he may not show up for training camp, telling 102.3 that he is "not sure" if he'll show up in late July. "More than likely I’ll be there," he added.
At the end of the day, the Broncos want Clady to stay in Denver. If the feeling is mutual, something will eventually be worked out (but perhaps not until next offseason).
John Fox: "Ryan wants to be a Bronco, and the Broncos want Ryan Clady." Says he believes something will eventually be worked out. #Broncos
— Andrew Mason (@MaseDenver) June 10, 2013
July 15 is 35 days away.