Elway wisely placed the exclusive franchise tag on Miller but the $14.129 million stipend that comes with it is far under what the Super Bowl MVP wants and Miller has refused to sign his tender to this point. At this time, Ndamukong Suh has that honor, with an average salary of just over $19 million per year. For comparison’s sake, Vernon has 29 sacks and three forced fumbles.
Miller was the No. 2 overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft by the Broncos and has spent his entire five-year NFL career in the Mile High City.
Given his performance in the postseason, it’s understandable why Miller and his reps want the linebacker to become the highest paid defensive player in the NFL. “The plan is have to Von there, no question”. Klis added that statistical comparison could up Miller’s market value to $20-25 million. Klis says that negotiations have remained ongoing and that the two sides have talked and exchanged proposals as recently as last week.
That Miller will not be attending the team’s offseason activities without a multiyear contract extension is hardly surprising. To be fair, though, that shouldn’t be coming as much of a surprise to the Broncos or their fans; the same happened with the last three players the Broncos franchise tagged – Demaryius Thomas, Ryan Clady and Matt Prater. If Miller signs a letter of protection and participates in the offseason program, he will get the full franchise tender if he suffers a season-ending injury. The production for Miller will not change once he hits the field. Johnny’s my brother. I didn’t play with him at Texas A&M, but he’s my brother and we have a unique relationship. Following that event will be a 200-person luncheon, at $50 to $100 per plate, that will benefit Von’s Vision. Miller, who has said he’d like to see Manziel as a Broncos teammate, said he speaks to the QB every day on FaceTime, but denied Manziel’s claim that the two were rooming together in L.A., where Miller is competing on “Dancing with the Stars”.
Or as Troy Renck said on Twitter, “Von Miller will be on Dancing With The Stars on Monday”. Instead of dancing with Witney Carson, his partner through the first four episodes, Miller will be teamed with Lindsay Arnold for a “jive” dance number to the song, “Hips” by Beans & Fatback.