The Denver Broncos have a very interesting offseason and preseason ahead of them as they look forward to the 2016 NFL season.
With Peyton Manning finally riding off into retirement having finally gotten his hands on the Super Bowl trophy for the second time in his career, and Brock Osweiler deciding he'd rather play for the Houston Texans, the Broncos find themselves in something of a state of flux - on the offensive side of the ball, at least.
With all this going on, you can see why the Broncos would be looking to keep their imposing defense as intact as possible. This is exactly why they have apparently just offered Von Miller a huge new contract.
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The Broncos slapped the exceptional linebacker with a one-year, $14.129 million exclusive franchise tag last month instead of giving Miller a new contract straight away.
However, the Broncos and Miller and his agents are far apart on reaching accord on a long-term contract extension. Miller has not signed his franchise-tag tender, nor is he expected to anytime soon.
According to a report from Mike Klis of 9news.com, the Broncos have offered Miller a contract, but it isn't near how much he values himself.
"The Broncos have offered Miller a deal worth between $17 million and $18 million a year but have stated the position they don’t want to pay more than $19.062 million a year Miami’s Ndamukong Suh gets as the NFL’s highest-paid defensive player," Klis wrote in the piece.
Over $20m per year
Miller is currently on Dancing with the Stars and will not be making an appearance at any of the Broncos' voluntary offseason workouts.
"Miller's side has a different view," Klis went on to add. "After the recent free-agent market generated a $17 million a year contract for New York Giants’ defensive end Olivier Vernon, Miller’s value may be between $20 million and $25 million a year."
If the Broncos and Miller don't come to an agreement a split between the two camps could happen, severing the relationship between the Super Bowl MVP and the team executives.
And in a year where they'll be starting a brand new quarterback, that would be catastrophic for Denver.