Von Miller contract deadline is just 10 days away
The Denver Broncos and star pass rusher Von Miller have 10 days to come to an agreement on a new contract, or he will risk missing games…
Unlike with Demaryius Thomas last offseason, the Denver Broncos might want to give themselves some cushion when it comes to getting a deal done with Von Miller. I don’t think that deal will come the day of this writing by any means, but as I type these words, we are 10 days away from the deadline for teams to re-sign franchise players.
If the Broncos miss that deadline with Von Miller, he has vowed to sit games. In fact, he stated via his Instagram page that he would not play the 2016 season under the franchise tag. He wants a new deal, and no one blames him.
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Miller already played out the fifth year of his rookie deal on an essential franchise tag, the option year the Broncos had on his initial contract. He’s made a statement against playing on another one-year, team-friendly contract in hopes that the Broncos will appease his desire to be the highest paid defensive player in the league.
The recent contract given out to Fletcher Cox should help the Broncos square away the appropriate guaranteed money number for a contract with Miller, approaching $65 million in overall guaranteed money.
That’s the going rate these days for top flight defensive players.
The Broncos apparently offered Miller two years worth of guaranteed money in their latest contract proposal, which was worth reportedly $114.5 million over six years. The problem is, without guaranteed money up front, Miller risks not seeing but a fraction of that $114.5 million, and to be frank, he deserves more than half of it.
Miller may be enjoying the spoils of being the Super Bowl MVP, but he’s also getting to work…
No new contract for Miller would completely erase any optimism Broncos fans had from this offseason about repeating as Super Bowl champions. It would be difficult to find your way back to the top without the main reason you got there in the first place.
Hopefully, we have a resolution sooner rather than later.