A couple of Von Miller’s teammates have commented on his contract situation recently in interviews. Of course if you are a member of the Denver Broncos and you go on air during these contract talks, you’re going to get asked about it (you will also get asked to rate the QB competition).
Chris Harris Jr.
Harris, while on the NFL Network today, was very optimistic about the situation.
"I expect Von to be signed Thursday night, Friday morning at the latest. I think everybody in the Broncos' organization knows how crucial he is to our defense and the type of player that he is, even the person that he's become. He had some obstacles he had to overcome early in his career but I think he's overcame those and I think he's ready to lead now."
He also mentioned that Von will, of course, end up being the highest paid defensive player in the league. Additionally, when asked about what would happen if, for some reason, the deal doesn’t get done, he had this to say about Von’s intentions to sit out the season.
"I believe him," Harris said. "You've got to take his word for it. It would be hard for me to sit out, missing out on $14 million, but I think Von is serious in what he's saying. I think he truly, this whole time just talking to him, he hates the franchise tag. I definitely think he won't sign it."
Our own Adam Malnati has already covered Von’s feelings towards the franchise tag so we won’t belabor that particular point. It is nice to hear how confident Harris sounds in a deal getting done soon.
Wolfe’s interview took a little different flavor, as you would expect from Wolfe. He was recently on NFL Radio on Sirius XM and they first asked him about his feelings on the defense being able to re-load this off-season in it’s current state and he had this to say:
"I’m not concerned about that. You know obviously, this is a business, and sometimes the business gets in the way of what’s really important, and that’s winning football games. But at the end of the day I think that we have the players and the staff to plug anybody we need wherever we need them. I’m not worried about all of that other stuff at all."
Then Wolfe was asked about what it takes to repeat and he said:
I think it’s staying level-headed as a team. You know, obviously we have an MVP in Von so he has to go and do all the things that he has to do that come along with that. But as a team, I think we have refocused and that starts in the off-season. You know through the OTAs and stuff just the mentality that the defense has, that the team as a whole has it’s very similar to last year, if not better.
It’s nice to see Wolfe acknowledge Miller’s absence from OTAs and off-season workouts due to his contract and recent celebrity status, but point out that it isn’t affecting the team’s focus or work.
The interview finally got around to Miller’s contract situation and they asked if he has talked to Von or if he just stays out of it.
"I just stay out of it. Business is business, and that’s his business. And he has to do what he’s gotta do. Obviously, I took a different route and decided that this is where I want to be so I’m going to take a significant haircut (aka paycut) to stay here, and that’s fine with me. But some people don’t feel that way."
Wolfe also gave his thoughts on the QB competition at the end of the interview. Here’s the whole segment if you want to take a listen.
Of course some people will want to make a bigger deal out of Wolfe’s comments, but to me it just sounded like Wolfe being Wolfe.
The Afternoon Drive commented on this interview in their show today wondering if Wolfe’s comments would cause any tension in the locker room since he seemed to side with the organization instead of supporting Von.
My thoughts are that Derek Wolfe is just a straight shooter and no one in the locker room is expecting him to sugar coat anything. I bet he’s the guy that when Von walks in with his new deal says "welcome back, hope you stayed in shape, let’s get to work". Nothing to see here, controversy-wise.
What are your thoughts Broncos Country? Should Derek Wolfe have stuck up for Von in the interview, or does it matter?