While Elway's preference is to work out a long-term deal, he acknowledges that Clady's recent shoulder surgery has changed the dynamics of negotiations. "But we like Ryan," added Elway. "We like him a lot as a player and we'd like to get something done."
A three-time Pro Bowler and two-time All Pro, Clady has yet to miss an NFL game in five seasons. Similar to Flacco, Clady wagered heavily on himself by turning down a preseason offer reportedly worth $50 million over five years with $28 million guaranteed.
If Clady plays out the season under the $9.66 million franchise tag, the Broncos will still be getting elite left tackle play at a reduced rate.Follow Chris Wesseling on Twitter @ChrisWesseling.