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Von Miller’s Agent Requested Trade Last Week, But John Elway Held Firm In Contract Negotiations

Mike Klis of 9news.com reports that Joby Branion, the agent for Broncos OLB Von Miller, requested that the team trade his client after John Elway held firm on their contract offer last weekend.

According to Klis, Branion was not happy with the contract offer on the table from the Broncos, which at the time was reportedly $39.8 million through two years to first $61 million over three years and $70 million over four years. Branion then submitted a counterproposal with multiple options, but Elway wouldn’t budge.

This ultimately led to Branion asking Elway for formal permission to contact other teams about a potential deal. However, Elway told him that they had no plans of making Miller available for trade, and were instead focused on signing him to a long-term deal.

After much deliberation, Miller signed a six-year extension on Friday worth $114.5 million in total and $78.5 million paid out over the first four years.

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 before they reached an agreement on the new deal.

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.