The Denver Broncos made a serious push towards retaining their star linebacker by sweetening their offer not once, but twice in the past 24 hours.
The Broncos and Miller had agreed last month on a six-year, $114.5 million framework that would make the Super Bowl 50 MVP the highest paid defensive player by average at $19.083 million per year.
There had been significant differences between the two sides, however, in how the contract was to be structured. For the first time since June 7, the Broncos submitted a new proposal Thursday afternoon that increased the guaranteed portion in both trigger language and dollars.
A potential breakthrough in negotiations occurred when the Broncos moved the full guarantee mechanism of their proposed $19 million salary to Miller in 2018 – the third year of their six-year offer – up a year to March of 2017. The ‘’early trigger’’ all but fully guarantees the third year because with the second year already fully guaranteed, the chances are almost nil the Broncos would release Miller prior to the second year of his deal.
Miller’s agent, Joby Branion, submitted a counterproposal to the Broncos on Friday morning. Branion and Elway then spoke by phone with the Broncos’ general manager saying he would respond later in the day.
Late Friday afternoon, Elway submitted another proposal to Branion that again enriched the guaranteed portion.
Miller neither accepted nor rejected the Broncos’ latest proposal. Branion informed Elway that Miller would sleep on it and the two sides would talk again Saturday.
Miller and the Broncos continue to work toward a long-term deal but have only 7 days to reach an accord. Miller spoke with general manager John Elway and president Joe Ellis last weekend to restart the dialogue after a month-long impasse, but if no deal is reached by the July 15 deadline, Miller has to sign the $14.1 million franchise tag to play next season — or he could sit out.
Sources say John Elway is getting tired of Branion’s demands but a deal should get done. In my opinion, the Broncos better pay the man. That kind of talent is rare. The closest thing I have seen to him was Derrick Thomas. I believe Von Miller is better then Derrick Thomas.