Von Miller has finally come to terms with the Denver Broncos with the Super Bowl 50 Finals MVP agreeing to a record $114.5 million spread over six years.
This means that Miller will average about $19.083 million per season, making him the NFL’s highest paid defensive player. The deal will also include $70 million guaranteed, a huge breakthrough considering Miller initially rejected a June offer, which he felt was a low-ball move.
Bronco for life!
Happy with the new deal, Miller will likely be a Bronco for life. Though it is pretty big commitment on the part of the defensive linebacker, there is no question that he proved his worth last season.
General manager John Elway said the deal was for what the club believes he can do moving forward and not what he has accomplished so far. NFL fans are fully aware of what Miller showed last season, racking up five sacks, two forced fumbles plus and a crucial interception that broke the New England Patriots in the AFC championship.
He would carry on that performance against the Carolina Panthers and everyone knows how Denver ended up as last season’s champs. The new deal will now be fitting to Miller, who will now be the Broncos franchise player.
“This is something I really wanted — to stay with the Denver Broncos. I am so appreciative and grateful for this opportunity,” Miller said in a statement via USA Today.
Miller and Elway go a long way back. When Elway came in back in 2011, he selected Miller as the first draft pick that year. Now he will try to build around his choice with the first order likely centered on who to fill up the quarterback void left by Peyton Manning.
The Broncos lost Brock Osweiler to the Houston Texans earlier this year and his departure left a big void. The quarterback role will bring in more questions than answers, as Denver tries to figure out the right guy for the job. Mark Sanchez, Trevor Siemian and rookie Paxton Lynch are in the mix.