The long stale mate between Von Miller and the Denver Broncos has come to an end at the eleventh hour today as the Super Bowl MVP signed a contract that makes him the highest paid non-quarterback in the NFL.
Miller, the second overall pick in 2011, agreed terms on a 6-year, $114.5 million deal that includes $70 million in guaranteed money, all to come in the first 3 years of the contract.
The linebacker/defensive end had been the Broncos designated franchise tag player in February, guaranteeing him $14 million but Miller stated he had no intention of playing under the tag, he would either sign a new contract or sit the season out. After another brutally productive season in which he ran over quarterbacks and generally made blockers lives miserable all year.
Negotiations came right down to the wire and were heavily influenced by the huge 6-year deal the Philadelphia Eagles gave Fletcher Cox which included $63 million guaranteed. Miller had no intention of being anything other than the highest paid defensive player at time of signing and the Broncos had to come back with an improved offer or risk playing without their best player this season.
While there were lots of frustrations and worries throughout the protracted negotiations this was a relatively amicable situation with both sides largely staying quiet in the media and avoided some of the bitterness that has plagued other franchise tag negotiations.
Miller, who was named the 8th best player of 2015 in the RealSport countdown, is very deserving of such a large contract of that there is no doubt, and with Denver not having to pay for a quarterback for a while they had the cap space to absorb such a deal now. The question left is if having such a large deal signed will affect the way Miller plays moving forward or if he will continue on the path of destruction he has been on so far.