Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller was hit with the exclusive franchise tag earlier this offseason, as he and the team continue to work on a deal that will keep the Super Bowl MVP in Denver on a long-term basis.
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Elway Comments on Negotiations with Miller
Thursday, May 5
"We want Von to be a Bronco for life, too," Broncos general manager John Elway told Denver Sports 760 (via Patrick Smyth, the team's vice president of public relations).
Miller Comments on Contract Status
Wednesday, May 4
"I'm going to be here in Denver no matter what. The contract is going to take care of itself," said Miller, regarding his desire to stay with the Broncos, per Cameron Wolfe of the Denver Post.
Miller, Broncos Reportedly Far Apart on New Contract
Thursday, April 28
Citing a source, Jason Cole of Bleacher Report reported that there has been "no progress" on a new deal for Miller.
On April 17, Charles Robinson of Yahoo Sports reported that there is "a disparity believed to be in the neighborhood of $20 million total over a span of five years." Robinson noted that Miller is seeking "roughly $110 million over five years," whereas the Broncos have offered around $90 million for the same time frame.
Miller Salaries Reportedly Revealed
Thursday, April 21
Mike Klis of 9News reported, "[Miller's] tag salaries: $14.1 million, [Year 1]; $55.5 million [three-year] total. Broncos offer: $18 million, [Year 1]; $57.5 million [three-year] total. Give or take."
Miller Could Still Hold Out
Tuesday, April 19
Cole reported that Miller could still hold out as contract negotiations with the Broncos could get ugly:
Miller Reportedly Will Not Attend Offseason Workouts
Saturday, April 16
Klis, citing "several sources close to the player," reported Miller told head coach Gary Kubiak he would not be in attendance for the Broncos' offseason program when it starts Monday, as he does not have a new deal.
Broncos Offer to Miller Reportedly Revealed
Sunday, April 10
The Broncos have extended an offer "between" $17 million and $18 million per season to Miller, according to Klis. Klis added the team has made it clear it is unwilling to pay more than the $19.062 million a year Ndamukong Suh receives from the Miami Dolphins.
Cole broke down the asking price Miller is seeking from the Broncos on March 25:
Albert Breer of NFL.com reported on March 2 that both sides acknowledge Miller will take a discount, but he added that the question is from what, referencing Suh's deal with the Miami Dolphins, which was for an average of $19 million per season with $60 million guaranteed.
Breer added on March 2 that rival executives said Miller would fetch over $20 million per season on the open market.
On March 1, Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reported Miller "wants to be the highest-paid defensive player in the history of the NFL, and is well-positioned to do so." He added that "he's seeking from $65 million to $70 million guaranteed, which would shatter [Suh's] record from a year ago."
Miller Reportedly Upset with Franchise Tag System
Thursday, March 31
Cole reported that Miller isn't pleased with the way the franchise tag system works:
Miller Is Heartbeat of Broncos Defense
ESPN.com described what the exclusive franchise tag means for Denver in regard to Miller: “Unless Miller and the Broncos can come to terms on a long-term deal by July 15, Miller will make the average of the top five salaries of his position for this year. ... And since it's an exclusive tag, that will prohibit Miller from talking to any other teams.”
Miller is a force on the Broncos defense, but there is also a connection between the current front office and the linebacker because he was Elway’s first draft pick as the general manager (No. 2 overall in 2011).
Elway commented on the team’s plan for Miller in a statement, per ESPN.com: "Designating Von as our franchise player gives us the time to continue working toward a long-term agreement. We've had productive talks with Von's representation, and we'll continue those discussions with the goal of making sure Von remains a Bronco well into the future."
Miller has been with the Broncos his entire career and has earned four Pro Bowl nods, two first-team All-Pro selections and the 2011 Defensive Rookie of the Year. He is also a tenacious pass-rusher who consistently puts up monster numbers:
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He rose to the occasion in the biggest moments for the Broncos during their Super Bowl run, which is exactly the type of clutch performance teams are looking for when they make a significant financial commitment to a player.
Von vs. Pats/Panthers: 5.5 sacks, 2 forced fumbles, one interception. Turnovers he forced led directly to 21 of Denver's 44 points. Crazy.— Pat Forde (@YahooForde) February 8, 2016
Miller is still only 27 years old and has played a full 16 games in three of his five seasons in the league (he played 15 games in 2011). There may be no such thing as a sure thing in the NFL, but the age, production, durability and fact he played some of his best football less than a month ago in the Super Bowl are all signs the former Texas A&M star will continue to be a superstar.
He is right in the middle of his prime and will be well worth a hefty paycheck from Denver if he continues his stellar play, even if that payday is the biggest in NFL history for a defender.