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Reason why Von Miller is refusing to sign Denver Broncos' franchise tag

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Last season, Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller officially declared himself as one of the best defenders in the NFL, putting on a magnificent display throughout the majority of the year and especially in the Super Bowl, where he earned the Super Bowl MVP award.

So, it comes as no surprise that he isn't happy with his current situation at the moment, which is that he will only be earning just over $14 million in 2016.

“No, I’m not gonna play on the franchise tag. It just doesn’t make sense in any way,” Miller said on ESPN, according to Pro Football Talk.


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The deadline for current franchise tagged players to be given long-term deals is this coming Friday. If that day comes and passes without Miller being offered a new contract, there are only three options for the linebacker.

One is that he could end up going back on his word and signing the franchise tag, but the 27-year-old has just said he won't do that. Another is the Broncos will give him more than the $14 million franchise tag number on a one-year deal, but that doesn't look like it will happen either.

The final option could be that Miller holds out because once he becomes a free agent next year, he would likely make even more money.

However, the Super Bowl MVP has stated this situation has never been about the money, it's more about what he believes is 'a league-wide problem', as the franchise tag can stop players finding out their true worth.

He said: "I’ve never really played for money. It’s bigger than that for me. It’s a league-wide problem that I feel like I’m in a situation to help out with."

But then again, if it wasn't about the money, wouldn't have Miller signed any deal the Broncos offered him?

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