The Denver Broncos know that the only way that Peyton Manning can make the contributions necessary to compete for a Super Bowl is to make sure that he has the time to make every throw. According to the Denver Post, the Broncos are making sure this is the case, as they have opened contract discussions with Pro Bowl LT Ryan Clady:
The Broncos have opened contract-extension talks with Ryan Clady, according to several NFL sources.
The left tackle is in the final year of his deal that will pay him $3.5 million in 2012. The franchise tag for left tackles this season was $9.4 million.
While the Broncos and Clady's agent are talking, it may be a while before the two sides are close to an agreement.
The Broncos' first-round pick, No. 12 overall, in the 2008 NFL draft, Clady almost immediately became one of the league's best at one of the game's most pivotal positions.