Clubs interested in signing a free-agent tackle next month will have one less name to choose from.
Broncos senior vice president of football operations John Elway told the Denver Post that OLT Ryan Clady will receive the franchise tag, which will pay him $9.66 million in 2013.
We're going to tag him," Elway said. "We'd like to work something out, like we did last year. 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."
The 12th overall pick in 2008, Clady has been voted to three Pro Bowls and named an All-Pro twice while starting every game of his five-year career.
Clady was exceptional protecting QB Peyton Manning's blind side in '12, allowing just one sack. He underwent rotator cuff surgery on his right shoulder following Denver's 38-35 division round defeat to the Ravens.
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