The build up to the franchise tag deadline is usually filled with decisions that rival Michael Turner being cut in their obviousness. Jairus Byrd’s tagging earlier today was sort of in that category, although that move by Buffalo all but guarantees Andy Levitre’s departure. But this latest tagging by the Broncos is straight from the desk of John Elway, who said last week that Ryan Clady would be tagged. Big John hates suspense, and Tim Tebow.

Multiple reports indicate that the Broncos have officially tagged Clady, which will cost them $9.83 million unless a long-term extension is reached. We’re still a long way from the summer or fall, but right now a long-term deal for Clady doesn’t look so good. Because agreeing to such a deal requires the two sides to, you know, talk, something Clady and the Broncos evidently aren’t doing very much right now.

In time, Ryan, in time. For now, those who own Peyton manning in keeper and dynasty leagues can look forward to more consistent protection for his golden arm and surgically fused neck. Having a three-time Pro Bowler looking after your your blind side is nice like that.

As a 26-year-old left tackle who’s averaged only 5.2 sacks allowed per season throughout his career, Clady would have been given so very many dollars on the open market. Joe Fortenbaugh from the National Football Post had him ranked as the second best overall free agent behind only Joe Flacco.