The Denver Broncos have offered Von Miller a deal that would make him the NFL’s highest paid non-quarterback. But he’s not signing.
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If the Denver Broncos haven’t worked out a multi-year deal by Friday afternoon, contract negotiations with their super-star outside linebacker will have to cease until after the 2016 regular season.
Miller’s unwillingness to play ball and the tight deadline have lead some to talk about the possibility of a trade, though the Broncos are signaling that they plan to work out a deal. Losing Miller would be a crushing blow.
In fact, the team is so serious about getting an agreement finalized that the Denver Post is reporting the Broncos are now offering Miller a titanic six-year, $114.5 million payday that would include a whopping $57.5 million in just the first nine-months after signing.
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Miller’s former teammate Peyton Manning, who is now enjoying his first year of retirement, thinks the Broncos will get a deal done. Manning told TMZ Sports last week: “I know both sides want it to work out. He wants to be in Denver, Denver wants him, so I think it will work out.”
Another option for the Broncos, if no agreement is reached, would be to use the franchise tag.
Miller, who is already feeling disrespected by some of the off-the-field machinations of the past few months, says there’s no way he’ll play if the team goes that route.
“No, I’m not gonna play on the franchise tag. It just doesn’t make sense in any way,” Miller told ESPN in an interview yesterday. He went on to describe the franchise tag as a big issue for the league and stressed that he wasn’t just fighting for himself.
“I’ve never really played for money,” Miller continued. “It’s bigger than that for me. It’s a league-wide problem that I feel like I’m in a situation to help out with.”