Ryan Clady willing to restructure deal 'to be a lifetime Bronco'

DENVER -- The Denver Broncos know they're going to have to pony up this offseason to keep free agents Von Miller and Brock Osweiler in orange and navy. To help them do that, they might find some financial relief from their longest-tenured player.

Star left tackle Ryan Clady told The Associated Press that he would be willing to restructure his contract to stay with the Broncos. Clady said he hasn't been approached about redoing his deal, but "I'm sure that'll come after the season."

"I'm definitely willing to talk," he said. "I definitely would like to be a lifetime Bronco."

Clady, 29, will miss his second Super Bowl next weekend. Two years ago, he was out with a foot injury. This time, he is sidelined because of a knee injury. He tore his left ACL in May and missed the entire season.

The eighth-year pro is due $9.5 million next season and $10 million in 2017.

With Clady and his replacement, rookie Ty Sambrailo, both on IR -- Sambrailo is recovering from shoulder surgery -- veteran tackle Ryan Harris will serve as Peyton Manning's blindside protector in Super Bowl 50 against the Carolina Panthers.

Clady, whose five-year, $52.5 million contract signed in 2013 is the largest ever for a Broncos offensive lineman, underwent knee surgery in June but said he will be ready for the upcoming offseason.

"I don't know if they want me to do OTAs, but I feel I'm capable," he said. "They might want me to take it slow and then just be ready for training camp. We'll see."

Clady was among seven injured players who accompanied the team Sunday on its flight to northern California. That was a departure from the Broncos' most recent trip to the Super Bowl, when players on IR were left behind and didn't meet up with their teammates until Thursday. That meant those players missed out on media day and the team photo.

"I think it's great," Clady said of the plan this time around. "I like the fact that everybody's coming because, honestly, I thought it was going to be like last time."

Clady said the injured players deserve to bask in the Super Bowl festivities because all of them helped the team get to this point, even those who won't be suiting up against the Panthers.

"I feel like I had a little bit of a stamp on this season," Clady said. "Just being here for a long time and being a part of getting Peyton Manning here and the success we've had since he's been here, it's exciting. I'm happy for my teammates. Unfortunately, I can't play. But I'm happy for guys I've been working with for years."