According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the Denver Broncos and star linebacker Von Miller are making significant progress toward a deal. Rapoport says it is a six-year deal worth $114 million that eclipses $70 million in guarantees.
#Broncos & Von Miller spent the last week making significant progress on the 6-year, $114M offer. I’m told the guarantees now eclipse $70M.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) July 14, 2016
9NEWS Denver's Mike Klis backed upped Rapoport's report in a later tweet and stated that the deal is expected to be finalized on Friday.
If the reports of this deal are true, Miller will become the highest paid non-quarterback in NFL history, and also become the highest paid Denver Broncos player in history.
It's unknown exactly how this deal will be structured, but there are reports/rumors that the first two years of the deal will have most of the guaranteed money.
Miller was in a contract year in 2015, and boy did he earn himself every penny of this deal. He had a total of 11 sacks and 4 forced fumbles during the season but really turned it on for the postseason. He totaled 11 tackles, 5 sacks, 2 forced fumbles, and 1 interception in three games this postseason.
He didn't stop there, Von completely dominated in the Super Bowl. He was the tone setter early on and applied the dagger in the big game by forcing two fumbles from the MVP Cam Newton. Von was a big reason why the Broncos won their third Super Bowl and no one else deserved the Super Bowl 50 MVP award more than him.
After all the acrimony and anger, who would have thought Von Miller was the franchise player most likely to land a deal at the deadline?— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) July 15, 2016
After a long drawn-out process that had the Broncos leaking Miller's first proposal numbers out, Von cropping John Elway out of an Instagram photo, Von saying he won't play under the Franchise Tag, and even some trade rumors were spun up by the media, but at the end of the day, the Denver Broncos got their man signed(or soon to be signed).
Eric Goodman from The Afternoon Drive talked about what Von Miller's actual value might be and the number $65 million guaranteed came up. That seemed fairly reasonable, so to hear that its a bit over $70 million makes me feel like John Elway and the Broncos really value Miller and want him to be that Broncos for life people have talked about. This deal is getting done.
All the rest of the Franchise Tagged players look to remain unsigned before Friday's 4 p.m. ET deadline(maybe Chiefs safety Eric Berry gets his done) and yet all we heard was how the Broncos and Von were at each others throat.
Glad this is almost over, and we can move on to Training Camp!