Just a few day removed from the Denver Broncos White House visit where the entire organization was all smiles with President Barack Obama, Super Bowl MVP Von Miller is currently at odds with the franchise. Having originally offered him a franchise tender worth $14.1 million, Miller has been vying for a long term deal. Yesterday (June 8), it was revealed that the Broncos offered him a 6-year deal worth $114 million. For his part, Miller declined the offer and even went as far as threatening to sit out the upcoming 2016 season if his terms aren’t met.
Though it seems unlikely that a player of Miller’s stature and popularity would indeed sit out an entire season, according to NBC Sports, he can actually afford to do so.
“Article 10, Section 15(c) of the Collective Bargaining Agreement provides that the Broncos can’t use the exclusive franchise tender on Miller in 2017 if he doesn’t play in 2016. Also, the compensation another team would be required to give the Broncos if signing Miller to an offer sheet in 2017 would be a first-round and a third-round pick.”
With Von Miller being one of the NFL’s best defensive players alongside Houston’s J.J. Watt, him sitting out a one season in order to cash out in 2017 does not sound like a bad idea. Will he actually do it is the question. The Denver Broncos have until July 15 to make him an offer to his liking.