Broncos franchise OLB Von Miller announced via his Instagram account Thursday that while he loves his teammates, coaches, and fans, “there is no chance” of him playing out the 2016 season under the franchise tag.
“I love my Teammates, Coaches, and My Fans” but there is “No Chance” I play the 2016 season under the Franchise tag,” Miller wrote.
Miller recently told Chelsea Handler that he “want[s] to be a Bronco forever.”
“I want to be a Bronco forever,” Miller said, per Nicki Jhabvala. “I just want the feeling to be the same from the Broncos.”
However, it appears as though negotiations with Miller remain on the back burner for at least the time being.
There has also been some talk that Miller could be better off sitting out the 2016 season than playing under the franchise tag, as it would prevent Denver from using the “exclusive” tag on him in 2017.
The two sides have until July 15 to negotiate a long-term extension.
Miller, 26, 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. However, this won’t prevent them from negotiating a long-term deal that would reduce this figure and offer them some additional cap space.
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.