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Broncos Unwilling To Meet Von Miller’s Contract Expectations?

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Broncos will be “unwilling” to give OLB Von Miller “anywhere close to the guaranteed money he will want” in his next contract.

This is interesting considering that Miller will now be eligible to negotiate a long-term contract this offseason, and while Miller has quickly become of the games best pass-rushers, he already suffered a major knee and has received a six-game suspension for violating league policy.

Denver should have close to $17.8 million in available cap space to work with this offseason, according to Overthecap.com, but they also have a number of players to address on their roster including: WR Demaryius Thomas,  TE Julius Thomas, RB Knowshon Moreno, WR Eric Decker, CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie among others.

Miller, 24, has totaled 35 sacks, 11 forced fumbles and 132 totals tackles in first three years in the league. He is a two-time Pro Bowl selection and the 2011 Defensive Rookie of the Year.

The Broncos could always elect to pick up Miller’s 2015 option, which would pay him an average of the top-25 players at his position. From there, they could franchise him the following season, but it’s probably a better idea to try and get a long-term deal done instead of paying him huge fully guaranteed salaries in 2015 and 2016.

All things considered, Miller has a shot to surpass Clay Matthew’s six-year, $69.73 million contract that included a $20.5 million signing bonus.

Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 1 4-3 outside linebacker by a huge margin.

 

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