Oakland, CA, USA; Denver Broncos offensive tackle Ryan Clady (78) on the sidelines against the Oakland Raiders during the fourth quarter at O.co Coliseum. Denver defeated Oakland 38-24. Mandatory Credit: Jason O. Watson-US PRESSWIRE
DENVER (AP) - The Denver Broncos locked up left tackle Ryan Clady on Sunday, signing Peyton Manning's blindside protector to a five-year deal worth up to $57.5 million.
The Broncos and Clady have been at odds over a long-term contract for more than a year. Had he not signed by Monday, he would have played under a one-year, $9.823 million deal because of the franchise tag.
Instead, Clady has a deal that guarantees him at least $33 million and should keep him in Denver through the end of Manning's playing days.
Clady, a first-round draft pick in 2008, is still recovering from surgery to his right shoulder and is expected to miss the start of training camp, which begins July 25.
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