Since Pro Bowl left tackle Ryan Clady is recovering from right shoulder surgery and is planning to skip the team’s offseason program rather than sign his $9.8 million franchise tag (he hopes to sign a long-term deal with Denver this summer), Denver had to put some emphasis on keeping backup tackle Chris Clark, and it was finalized on Wednesday; Clark signed his $1.32 million restricted free agent tender.
Although Clark has made just a half-dozen starts for the Broncos over the last three seasons, he figures to get plenty of first-team snaps as Peyton Manning‘s blindside protector when offseason workouts begin. Clark is a fifth-year pro who has played in 40 career games.
Clark played at the University of Southern Mississippi. He signed by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as an undrafted free agent in 2008. After spending two years with the Minnesota Vikings he was waived on September 4, 2010 during final cuts prior to the beginning of the 2010 NFL season. On September 5th Clark was claimed off waivers by the Denver Broncos.
Written by – Arnold Glass II – AFC West Writer