Happy Wednesday, Broncos Country.
Contract talks between star outside linebacker Von Miller and the Denver Broncos have been ongoing, but he isn't the only player on the roster hoping to get a raise in the near future.
Wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders recently hosted his Football Procamp which serves as a way to communicate with youth and help motivate them to reach their goals. It also gave him an arena to talk about his contract situation.
"I’m not really too concerned about it," said Sanders in an interview with CBS4 Denver. "At the end of the day I’ve expressed myself enough that I want to be a Denver Bronco."
After signing a three-year deal worth $15 million dollars two years ago, Sanders has proven his worth to the Broncos on the field and is in line for a big raise. Recent contracts from other wide receivers across the league have set the market, with the going rate soaring above $10 million per season.
It is believed that Sanders is seeking somewhere near $12 million per season. Whether or not he receives that amount is yet to be determined, but he remains hopeful that a deal will get done.
"Everybody wants to get paid (what) they feel like they put in, and what they put out," stated Sanders. "Hopefully we work out something in the next 30 days."
If Sanders and the Broncos aren't able to come to a contract extension, his message was clear. He will have to leave the team in free agency after this season.
"If I get a contract, I get a contract, but if I don’t, you know it’s sad, but you know I’ll have to part ways."
It's an understandable sentiment from Sanders, who is criminally underpaid for his production. If Sanders and the Broncos were not able to come to an agreement before the season begins, little doubt exists that he would have trouble getting a lucrative contract on the open market.
Patience will be key moving forward. The team certainly has enough cap space in the future to retain both Miller and Sanders, but the problem for the team right now is likely cash on hand for guaranteed money that would have to be spread out to both he and Miller upon signing.
At the end of the day, I look forward to both Sanders and Miller to be Broncos the rest of their careers. Here is to hoping that extensions for both players happen as soon as possible. The clock is ticking.
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