Chris Clark, who figures to be the Broncos’ first-string left tackle during the offseason, signed his $1.323 million restricted free agent tender Wednesday. Clark has played a valuable role as the Broncos’ No. 3 offensive tackle/special teams contributor the past three seasons. However, with Broncos left tackle Ryan Clady recovering from right shoulder surgery and expected to hold out from the team’s offseason program, Clark should get first-team reps as Peyton Manning’s blind-side pass protector. Starting Monday, Broncos players will participate in either the team’s offseason workout program, organized team activities (OTAs) and a mandatory minicamp through the second week of June. Clady would not have to attend the mandatory minicamp because technically he is not under contract with the Broncos. The three-time Pro Bowler has yet to sign his $9.823 million franchise tag. Clady, who has started all 80 regular-season games at left tackle since he was selected by the Broncos in the first round, No. 12 overall, of the 2008 draft, would like a multiyear contract rather than play on the one-year franchise tag.
Chris Clark, currently the Broncos’ starting left tackle, signs $1.323 million tender
Denver Post | Apr 10