Von Miller aims to become the highest paid defensive linebacker in the NFL as rumors are swirling that Miller and the Denver Broncos are near to close a multi-million deal as the deadline draws near.
Ian Rapoport told NFL Total Access that Miller and the Broncos are close to sealing the reported six-year contract worth $114 million that includes $59 million of fully guaranteed money in the first nine months and at least $70 million in guarantees overall. Rapoport added that there is big chance that the deal gets done as negotiations are heading the “right direction.”
“There is now a better chance this deal gets done than it doesn’t get done. As things have gone quiet in the Von Miller negotiation, optimism has grown for all involved. It’s headed in the right direction quickly,” Rapoport said.
If Miller strikes the deal, he will not only be the highest paid linebacker but he will also surpass contracts offered to quarterbacks. Miller’s contract talks with the Broncos hit a snag when the team placed an exclusive franchise tag on Miller that included a one-year, $14.26 million salary. The negotiations further turned soar when the Broncos tried to set a take-it-or-leave-it deadline.
9News noted that Miller became furious when the six-year and $114.5 million terms became public that noted Miller’s days at Broncos were numbered. But things took a different note when Broncos’ executive vice president of football operations and general manager John Elway sweetened their offer with $70 million money guaranteed. The breakthrough was credited to Elway who was working closely with Miller’s agent, Joby Branion.
If Miller agrees to all the conditions of the contract, he will become the new face of the Broncos. This after Peyton Manning decided to officially retire and work on his paper works for his induction into the Hall of Fame.
The 27-year old Miller made his presence felt during the Broncos match against the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship wherein he had 2 ½ sacks and with that significant interception on Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.
Miller’s performance was repaid during their Super Bowl 50 match against the Carolina Panthers as he was named MVP for defensive stops as they went on to beat the Panthers, 24-10. Miller would score another 2 1/2 sacks with two strip-sack fumbles that led to two touchdowns against Cam Newton and the Panthers.
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