The Denver Broncos won Super Bowl 50 less than one month ago, but that hasn’t stopped them from looking ahead to next season. With their quarterback situation still remaining very much up in the air, the Broncos made sure to settle their Von Miller drama immediately.
While the two sides haven’t come to terms on a long-term contract yet, Denver applied the exclusive franchise tag to the pass rusher from Texas A&M. This guarantees Miller under contract for this upcoming season and prevents him from speaking/negotiating with other NFL teams.
The move also offers both sides flexibility, as Miller and the Broncos have until July 15 to iron out a long-term deal. If no agreement is reached, Miller is set to earn $14.129 million this season.
Miller is now the fifth player in Broncos history to receive the franchise tag, as it has become a rather common strategy by the front office. Unlike other teams though, the Broncos have a tendency to actually reach a long-term deal before the July 15 deadline.
Last season, Denver applied the franchise tag to star wide receiver Demaryius Thomas to prevent him from speaking with other teams, but agreed on a 5-year contract extension shortly thereafter.
Many expect a similar scenario to take place with Miller, who has publicly expressed his desire to remain with the Denver Broncos. Miller was selected second overall by the Broncos in the 2011 draft and has developed into one of the most explosive defensive players in football.
At only 26 years old now entering the prime of his career, Denver will have to pay Miller what he wants if they are to win a second consecutive Lombardi Trophy.