With the Denver Broncos completing the mega deal for Von Miller, it is time for John Elway and the Broncos to shift their focus back towards wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders.
We can all now breathe easy Broncos Country. The Broncos and Von Miller have come up with a deal that will keep the Super Bowl 50 MVP in Denver for the next six years.
Looking at the structure of the contract, it is also a very solid one at that. As Broncos fans, we are glad that the two sides came up with an agreement.
So, what is next for the defending champions? The next player that should be on their radar, in fact should return to the radar, is wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders. Both sides have exchanged contract proposals but had to put things on hold with the deadline for Von Miller fast approaching.
With Miller’s huge contract, could the Broncos afford Emmanuel Sanders? According to the specific structure of Miller’s contract, the Broncos expanded their salary cap by a little over three million dollars and a little over six million for the Top 51 players including dead cap.
All of the above numbers are according to an article written by David Mullen over at Broncos Wire.
With Emmanuel Sanders on the final year of his three year, $15 million dollar deal, the remaining amount will be enough to give him his extension. From what we have been reading, Sanders could be looking at an amount around what Doug Baldwin got in his deal with the Seattle Seahawks. However, I would look more towards Keenan Allen numbers and increase that a bit.
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If I am John Elway, I would look for a three or four year deal and around $35-$40 million dollars and make a little more than half of that guaranteed. I know it may be a bit excessive to give two receivers around $10 million each every year. But I would look at it this way.
The fact that the Broncos quarterback position is taken care of in regards to the money, and the team just locked up some of the bigger names on defense for a while now, I say why not give Emmanuel Sanders a little bit more? I say he has earned it. Over 1,000 yards in the two seasons he has been with the team?
Here’s another deciding factor. When Trevor Siemian or Paxton Lynch take over, they are going to need receivers that can make their transition easier. Demaryius Thomas has four more years left and having Sanders sign for a significant deal could help either one of them. The veteran presence is going to help them a lot.
I have no doubt that this deal will get done, I thought the same about Von Miller. The only question in regards to Emmanuel Sanders is do they get the deal done before or after the season? Maybe during the season? Only time will tell.