The two sides have until July 15 to come to an agreement on a long-term contract or the two-time All-Pro will play 2013 under the one-year, $9.823 million franchise tag salary.
Clady, who is also rehabbing a torn labrum in his right shoulder this offseason, is one of the NFL's best left tackles and a key to keeping safe the largely immobile quarterback Peyton Manning.
Clady's camp rejected a five-year, $50 million contract last offseason and the tackle said in June he wants somewhere between Joe Thomas' eight-year, $92 million contract and Jason Peters' six-year, $60.657 million deal.
Regardless of what happens with negotiations this week, Clady will be protecting Manning's back this season. It's the future the Broncos are concerned with.
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