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Broncos have every intention of picking up Von Miller option

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As more and more teams pick up the fifth-year option on 2011 first-round picks, the Broncos have yet to pick up the option on linebacker Von Miller.

Eventually, they will.

Per a source with knowledge of the situation, the Broncos have every intention to exercise the option.  Since they have until May 3 to do it, there’s no reason to do it prematurely.

Because the option makes the 2015 base salary guaranteed for injury, any team that exercises the option before May 3 assumes the risk — small as it may be — that the player will suffer a two-season injury during the offseason program.  So why not wait until the last minute to accept that risk?

Speaking of injury, Miller continues to rehab from a torn ACL.  If something goes wrong in his rehab on the team’s facility and that something spills beyond 2014 and into 2015, the team would be on the hook for his 2015 salary.

With Miller, there’s yet another level of risk to consider.  He’s in Stage Three of the substance-abuse program, subject to multiple unannounced tests per month.  One false move, and he’s suspended for a year.  While they Broncos wouldn’t have to pay him if he’s suspended, his status surely would impact whether the team wants to make a major financial commitment for 2015, which then becomes the starting point for a long-term contract.

So it’s smart for the Broncos to wait until the last minute.  It would be smart for every team to wait until the last minute.  By the end of next week, the waiting will be over for everyone.

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16 Responses to “Broncos have every intention of picking up Von Miller option”
  1. youtubeingravenvids says: Apr 23, 2014 1:09 PM

    I wouldn’t do that if I were you.

  2. isphet71 says: Apr 23, 2014 1:10 PM

    Assuming they sign and submit all the paperwork on time. Not sure the Broncos should casually “wait” until the last minute again.

  3. bennyb82 says: Apr 23, 2014 1:10 PM

    Just make sure the fax machine is in working order.

  4. roxtar10 says: Apr 23, 2014 1:12 PM

    Fax it in later – you’ve got plenty of time.

  5. keepongronking says: Apr 23, 2014 1:13 PM

    Dude needs to lay off that Ganja though!

  6. trubroncfan07 says: Apr 23, 2014 1:14 PM

    The Broncos will pick up his option, this guy has only gotten in trouble for parking tickets and smoking weed, and it starting sound like the NFL is going to make it legal to smoke dope down the road. He the youngest and most talented player on Denver’s Defense. Done deal.

  7. kwgator says: Apr 23, 2014 1:19 PM

    Von Miller would have helped hold Seattle to 38 in SB

  8. rickrock6661982 says: Apr 23, 2014 1:22 PM

    Is that before or after Von gets in trouble with the cops once again?

  9. joetoronto says: Apr 23, 2014 1:32 PM

    A brutal defense and a regular season offense means no Super Bowl once again for the Donkeys.

    They’ve never won a Super Bowl without circumventing the salary cap.

  10. daburgher says: Apr 23, 2014 1:34 PM

    is there even a question about this? pick it up, fax the paperwork NOW you procrastinating bums

  11. irishinyourface says: Apr 23, 2014 1:45 PM

    they’re going to have to pick it up in order to keep up with the Raiders

  12. weepingjebus says: Apr 23, 2014 1:48 PM

    I sometimes put “43-8″ into PFT’s search option to relive the memories. Here’s a good one:

    “Seahawks set Super Bowl record by leading for 59:48″

  13. drsummeroff says: Apr 23, 2014 2:00 PM

    As part of picking up the option, they will toss in a couple cannons and a tip sheet on how to properly bribe urine collectors and league overseers of the drug program. Gotta keep your stars happy.

  14. dalvar1001 says: Apr 23, 2014 2:05 PM

    Do not pick up option let him earn it with an injury to recover from and issued to overcome. Not worth it. signed the Chiefs

  15. DitkasHair says: Apr 23, 2014 2:59 PM

    Maybe he should get in touch with Ryan Braun, he knows all the tricks….

  16. officialgame says: Apr 23, 2014 4:57 PM

    I can see that happening and it actually makes sense on a number of levels. The Cowboys aren’t going anywhere and Manziel would sit behind Romo for a few years which is what he needs.

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