The Denver Broncos reached an agreement with offensive tackle Ryan Clady on a five-year contract extension through 2017, the team announced Sunday night.
The base value of the deal is $52.5 million ($33 million guaranteed) and with incentives could reach $57.5 million, ProFootballTalk.com reported. The NFL deadline for franchise players to sign long-term contract extensions is 4 p.m. ET Monday.
"I'm definitely glad to have the (contract) process over," Clady said in a conference call Monday. "Early in the offseason I thought it would get done. But there were times where I thought it possibly couldn't get done, especially with the market being where it is, and other franchise players not really getting deals done. So, there was a time when I thought it wouldn't get done, but (talks) definitely picked up this last week or so."
The 6-foot-6, 315-pound Clady has established himself as one of the top players at his position in the league. He is the only offensive lineman in NFL history to make the Pro Bowl in three of his first five seasons and is one of three players from the 2008 NFL Draft class (Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco and Dallas Cowboys cornerback Brandon Carr are the others) to start every game for their team.
Clady had offseason shoulder surgery, but is not sure when he will be fully recovered.
"That's something 'Greek' (head athletic trainer Steve Antonopulos) and I have discussed and also Dr. (James) Andrews and his feelings on the situation," he said.
Last season, Clady allowed an NFL-low one sack and was named first-team All-Pro.