Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, citing a source with knowledge of the situation, reports that the Broncos are hopeful that a deal with franchise OLB Von Miller will get done before the upcoming deadline.
However, Florio adds that neither the Broncos nor Miller’s camp have leaked any information about the current state of negotiations.
This could be interpreted a few different ways. It’s possible that the two sides have agreed to not leak any information or it could be that there hasn’t been any progress since the Broncos made their latest offer.
Either way, Florio says that the thing that’s clear is that the Broncos and Miller aren’t negotiating a new deal.
“Here’s one thing that’s apparently not happening. The two sides still aren’t truly negotiating,” writes Florio. “Instead, the Broncos will make an offer and Miller’s camp will respond and that back and forth will continue without meaningful engagement aimed at resolving any lingering differences.”
Yesterday, Rand Getlin of NFL Media reported that while the Broncos and Miller are a lot closer than they were just a week ago in contract talks, there’s still a distance to cover before there’s an agreement before Friday’s deadline.
According to Getlin, the threat of Miller sitting out the 2016 season is “very real,” and even his teammates believe Miller is serious about his threat to holdout and not play under the franchise tag.
The Broncos reportedly made Miller another offer late last week that included more guaranteed money and the third-year of the deal becoming guaranteed in March of next year.
The two sides have reportedly agreed on the framework of a six-year, $114.5 million contract, but there is obviously still work to be done before the upcoming deadline.
Miller, 27, is a former first-round pick of the Broncos back in 2011. After playing out his rookie deal, Denver picked up his fifth-year option and later used their franchise tag on Miller this offseason. He’s now in line to make $15.701 million fully guaranteed for the 2016 season.
In 2015, Miller appeared all 16 games and recorded 35 tackles, 11 sacks, three fumble recoveries and four forced fumbles. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 2 outside linebacker in a 3-4 defense out of 53 qualifying players.
We’ll have more regarding a possible extension for Miller as the news is available.