Vacation is over. Time for the Broncos to begin their 2013 season by reporting Monday for the start of their offseason workout program.
Peyton? Aye.
Champ? Here.
Already, 24 Pro Bowl appearances right there. With quarterback Peyton Manning and cornerback Champ Bailey, the 2013 Broncos will be in good shape from Day One.
Elvis? Never mind. Elvis Dumervil got so tangled up in a fax machine transaction last month, he wound up in Baltimore. Dumervil has been permanently scratched from the Broncos' roll.
Ryan? Ryan Clady? Ryan Clady, two-time all-pro, three-time Pro Bowl selection and Manning's blindside protector?
Until further notice, there will be a noticeable absence from the Broncos' offseason program. According to two NFL sources, Clady, the starting left offensive tackle for all 83 games (including playoffs) the Broncos have played since selecting him with the No. 12 overall pick in the 2008 draft, will attempt to gain leverage with his stalled contract negotiation by avoiding the team's headquarters.
Clady has received a $9.828 million franchise tag tender from the club. He has not signed it. He wants the security of a multiyear contract instead.
The workouts are considered voluntary for players, at least as written in the collective bargaining agreement, so Clady is not technically a holdout.
But he is protesting. Here are two reasons Clady should sign his tender and join the Broncos for their offseason program, and two reasons he should stay away until the team gives him a long-term contract.
First, why Clady should sign and report:
1. He is coming off surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder. The injury will sideline him at least until training camp, so he wouldn't have to practice and risk further injury, anyway.
While rehabbing the shoulder, Clady could use the expert care of the Broncos' medical team headed by trainer Steve "Greek" Antonopulos.