By TJ Cantamessa
Super Bowl MVP Von Miller has been presented a contract offer by the Denver Broncos that would make him the highest-paid defensive player in the league, but he’s not biting. According to multiple reports the Broncos’ six-year offer slightly exceeds the $114.375 million contract signed by Dolphins defensive lineman Ndamukong Suh in 2015, but that offer was supposed to have a 10 p.m. Tuesday deadline. Though the news reports that talks continued past the deadline Wednesday, ESPN is reporting that the sides remain far apart. With Miller declining, the Broncos yanked the offer and decided to move forward without a long-term contract for their superstar outside linebacker. Miller is already “guaranteed” over $30 million the next two seasons if he plays on one-year contracts, so it’s not like the Broncos are putting up an excessive amount of extra cash here on this proposed deal.
Miller is already guaranteed more than $14 million next year on a one-year contract. It’s almost hard to imagine his value getting higher. The larger point is it’s going to take a LOT of money to sign Miller before the July 15 deadline to ink someone who was given the franchise tag. If they’re not close after what the Broncos proposed, this could be a more difficult deal to work out than initially thought.
I don’t think that Miller is making a bad choice on wanting to get more money but at the same time his franchise is willing to pay him the most money in the NFL as a defensive, so it’s hard to tell what he should do and what he is going to do. I believe that taking the deal would be good for him but it does not get him the 30 million dollars he wants a season.