According to 9NEWS Denver's Mike Klis, the Denver Broncos want offensive tackle Ryan Clady back at less than $5 million dollars per year.
The visit with Okung is also an indication pay cut negotiations between the Broncos and left tackle Ryan Clady have snagged. Clady is scheduled to make $9.5 million this season but the Broncos want him back at less than $5 million.
Clady is currently scheduled to be paid a little over $10 million dollars this year.
The two sides have been discussing a possible contract restructure or pay cut for the past month or so, but nothing has really come from it. One has to assume that the Broncos wanting Clady back at less than $5 million dollars per year could be why.
Clady is a former first-round pick for the Denver Broncos and was one of the better offensive tackles in the game during the early parts of his career. Unfortunately, injuries have derailed his career with the Broncos for a bit.
In the past three seasons, Clady has only played in 18 regular season games for the Broncos. He missed all of the 2015 regular season due to injury, played all 16 games in 2014, and played in only 2 games during the 2013 season.
Clady has only played roughly 38% of the Broncos regular season games the past three years. The percentage is even worse if you count the 5 postseason and 2 Super Bowl games he missed. So it's understandable why the Broncos would only take Clady back at a much lower amount.
With the talks between to two sides hitting a snag, the Broncos are bringing in free agent left tackle Russell Okung in for a visit. The former number 6 overall pick is considered the best available left tackle on the market and would be an upgrade to the Denver Broncos offensive line.
With Okung coming to town, it is possible that the Broncos would simply release Ryan Clady. Doing so would free up nearly 9 million dollars, and they could use that money to sign Okung.