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Broncos should consider exclusive version of franchise tag for Von Miller

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Last year, after the Chiefs applied the non-exclusive franchise tag to linebacker Justin Houston, speculation emerged that a team would gladly give up a pair of first-round picks as compensation for signing him to an offer sheet that Kansas City wouldn’t or couldn’t match. Ultimately, no one did.

This year, the Broncos plan to use the franchise tag if they can’t work out a long-term deal with linebacker Von Miller. If they ultimately apply the non-exclusive version of the tag to Miller, would another team sign the Super Bowl 50 MVP to an offer sheet?

The teams most tempted would be those currently picking at the bottom of round one, since they wouldn’t be giving up a high pick to get Miller now — and presumably wouldn’t be giving up a high pick in 2017, either.

One way for Denver to prevent an effort to swipe Miller would be to use the exclusive version of the franchise tag, which would increase Miller’s tender from the non-exclusive amount of roughly $14 million to the average of the five highest 2016 linebacker cap numbers.

Ultimately, the difference in amounts may not be significant. Making the decision to use the exclusive tag easier.

The safest course would be to get Miller signed before the deadline for using the tag. Then, it could be applied to someone else, like defensive lineman Malik Jackson. Whether they can get Miller signed before the tag deadline depends on how much Miller wants, and how much the Broncos are willing to pay. If a middle ground can’t be reached, the Broncos should consider using the exclusive version of the tag.

Otherwise, someone else could be breaking the bank for the man who did the most to shut down Carolina’s offense in the Super Bowl.

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  1. briandorry55 says: Feb 9, 2016 9:26 PM

    I was surprised nobody went after Houston and would be shocked if someone didn’t offer two first rounders for Miller if they gave him the non-exclusive tag. I guess the fear would be giving up two first rounders for someone you can’t guarantee you could get to sign a long-term contract.

  2. Johnny Drunk says: Feb 9, 2016 9:26 PM

    it would be ridiculous for the broncos to not give what miller wants. he single handedly won the super bowl for the broncos. No question about it.

  3. tjacks7 says: Feb 9, 2016 9:27 PM

    Von Miller may be the rare player worth 2 first rounders… To the right team anyways. Pay the man, Denver.

  4. bhindenemylines says: Feb 9, 2016 9:31 PM

    Jerry Jones might just be crazy enough to give up 2 1st round picks for Von.

    And for once it might not be a bad decision. Especially if one of those picks ends up being another Morris Claiborne bust-pick.

  5. cross300 says: Feb 9, 2016 9:35 PM

    I’m sure they will find some way to circumvent the cap as they have before.

  6. stealthjunk says: Feb 9, 2016 9:37 PM

    The chances of using two #1 picks and getting at least one player as good as Miller are incredibly low. Especially if you’re a team picking in the 10-32 range. The only downside is the money differential, but without Miller, Denver doesn’t beat the Patriots and doesn’t beat the Panthers either. Miller contributed 3 easy TDs in those two games — more than any other Broncos player, offense or defense.

  7. 81megatron81 says: Feb 9, 2016 9:38 PM

    Hey Von how would you like to come to Detroit and play opposite to Ziggy? All due respect to Demarcus ware but his best days are behind him, can’t say the same for Ziggy. Would be nice to see you wipe that smug look off of Aaron Rodgers face. Just sayin…. I know it’s a pipe dream.

  8. whispersd says: Feb 9, 2016 9:38 PM

    By all means, yes. Von Miller is at the top of the NFL right now. The price tag of two 1sts is less than what the Redskins paid for RG3, and Miller is a sure thing.

  9. hlna55 says: Feb 9, 2016 9:43 PM

    And thus begins the labor of maintaining a super bowl champion squad that was built to win today rather than later. Even as a non-bronco fan, the guy is a beast but 2 first round picks is still pretty tempting.

  10. coreycroom says: Feb 9, 2016 9:43 PM

    Dude is worth $14m – $18m a year for real – like Watt and Donald, unlike Suh

  11. gzup83 says: Feb 9, 2016 9:46 PM

    He’ll be signed way before that even gets close to happening.

  12. naes says: Feb 9, 2016 9:49 PM

    I want him on the Giants bad! I’d give two first round picks for him. Jerry Reese is likely to waste them anyway on busts/guys with injuries/morons who shoot their fingers off/linemen who can’t block.

  13. taintedsaints2009 says: Feb 9, 2016 10:02 PM

    I’d give three first round picks for Von miller. Maybe four. He’s that good. He proved to be more valuable than an elite quarterback and carried an elite quarterback. He might be the most valuable player in the league. If you asked me, Tom Brady or Von miller, I’d probably take Von miller.

    The only thing more valuable than Von miller would be a tackle that can block him. I don’t think that exists yet.

    Denver, pay up. Pay up big. He might garner Aaron Rodgers type money. There’s another elite quarterback he took out. If I’m millers agent, I ask to be the highest paid athlete in nfl history. If you franchise tag miller, a smart gm will swoop in.

  14. rrhoe says: Feb 9, 2016 10:02 PM

    Oh plz, just pay the man Elway……

  15. bigredgoog says: Feb 9, 2016 10:09 PM

    That would be rather petulant of them.

  16. BroncosCheatedTheSalaryCap says: Feb 9, 2016 10:11 PM

    Just curious, is he still bribing the urine testers? He was already caught doing it once. He should just get his PEDs shipped to him under his wife’s name like Manning. Look it up kids. *SB. Truth hurts.

  17. jjackwagon says: Feb 9, 2016 10:15 PM

    If Carolina’s D could have done half of what he did by himself, the outcome would have been different. Dude is a monster.

  18. thegreatgabbert says: Feb 9, 2016 10:29 PM

    An extra couple million is chicken feed to Von. Literally.

  19. torchsandaardvarks says: Feb 9, 2016 10:29 PM

    6 year deal worth 118 grand.

  20. Ed says: Feb 9, 2016 10:33 PM

    Mad props to Von, I always thought he’d be a great player but the question you have to ask is will I end up with another Mario Williams or Ndamukong Suh?

  21. jagsfanugh says: Feb 9, 2016 10:43 PM

    They will as they know he would be paid big if allowed to leave.

  22. jcthree3303 says: Feb 9, 2016 10:49 PM

    He literally can write his own check. They can’t lose him, he knows it, they know it, the other 31 teams know it. Von is loyal but this is his one big contract. His agent is going to be looking for more than JJ Watt money and he deserves it.

  23. jollyjoker2 says: Feb 9, 2016 10:53 PM

    pay the man but if he goes wacko on you like some of these QB’s that think they should be paid millions than make the deal …someone will give you 2 first rounders.

  24. tjacks7 says: Feb 9, 2016 10:53 PM

    torchsandaardvarks says:

    6 year deal worth 118 grand.

    Fairly certain he will not sign for 6 years, 118 grand.

  25. glenne81 says: Feb 9, 2016 11:02 PM

    This idea seems far fetched but if there is any one team that should consider this its Minnesota.

  26. gbsfinest420 says: Feb 9, 2016 11:05 PM

    They are going to pay Von. Elway is the best GM in the NFL, hands down.

  27. milehihoss says: Feb 9, 2016 11:08 PM

    To all you Denver Bandwagon fans:
    Welcome aboard, glad to have you.
    Von Miller played perhaps the best defensive postseason ever this year.
    What new-to-Denver fans (and residents) don’t realize is his entire postseason career up to this point he has been a GHOST. Go watch the Baltimore, Indy and Seattle losses.
    The man deserves to get PAID, and I LOVE him during the past month, but not one month does a career make.
    –Colorado Native, lifelong Bronco fan

  28. mikeremmersisvonsturnstile says: Feb 9, 2016 11:40 PM

    cross300 says:
    Feb 9, 2016 9:35 PM
    I’m sure they will find some way to circumvent the cap as they have before.
    —————–
    You do realize that the NFL ALSO reviews contracts AND knows what each teams cap space is, right??

    If you’re so sure they will do this, then you’re saying that they’re smarter than every other team and the NFL. AND you’re saying that they’re ok with losing draft picks.

    How exactly are you so sure they’re wanting to circumvent the cap?

  29. northfaceseen says: Feb 9, 2016 11:41 PM

    Thing is Denver has a laundry list of signings that helped put this team in a position to even make the playoffs. They have to sign both leading tacklers, both leading rushers, leading sacker Von Himself, and there clutch kicker. Not to mention they have only Manning signed, and I would assume he would retire. That leaves they need to sign at least 1 QB. It is tough to say just pay the man…

  30. stealthjunk says: Feb 9, 2016 11:43 PM

    hlna55 says:
    Feb 9, 2016 9:43 PM
    And thus begins the labor of maintaining a super bowl champion squad that was built to win today rather than later. Even as a non-bronco fan, the guy is a beast but 2 first round picks is still pretty tempting.
    ======================

    Built to “win today rather than later”? If you consider too much depth a “win later” problem, then sure, because that’s Denver’s only problem. They have TOO MUCH depth due to great draft decisions and free agent pickups. They’ve had so many of their own guys turn into big-money players — e.g., Von Miller, Malik Jackson, Derek Wolfe, Chris Harris, Demaryius Thomas, Brandon Marshall, Danny Trevathan, Sylvester Williams, Brock Osweiler, Bradley Roby, CJ Anderson, Matt Paradis, Ryan Clady (if he’s ever healthy). All home-grown young talents that are key starters now. Add to that a nearly 100% hit rates on free agents (Manning, Talib, Ward, Stewart, Ware, Mathis, Sanders) that are earning the full amounts of their contracts and the depth is incredible. They have practically zero of the dead money that usually accompanies a team that is in “win now” mode.

    They won’t be able to sign everybody, but they don’t need to. They have another great set of players ready to step in and step up to fill in holes (e.g., Sambraillo, Shaq Barrett, Max Garcia, Todd Davis, Lerentee McCray, Omar Bolden, David Bruton, Bennie Fowler, Kayvon Webster, Jordan Norwood, Jonathan Bush). Remember those names next year when you think they’ve been in “win now rather than later” mode.

  31. Pocari Sweat says: Feb 9, 2016 11:44 PM

    Not a Denver fan (Detroit) and they might not like me for saying this but I’d recommend letting Malik Jackson go.

    Make Von Miller the richest defensive player in the NFL – I have no idea what to do with Brock, that’s your guys call – but also paying Malik, as good as he is, will cause your cap problems.

    Let Malik go, replace him with the plethora of 1st round DTs this year.

    He’s been a great, homegrown player, but the system is set up that you cannot pay everyone.

    Plus you’d get a 3rd round comp. pick the following year.

  32. 74life says: Feb 9, 2016 11:49 PM

    One thing we do know, Elway will not cave in to ridiculous contract demands by any player. He has let plenty of players walk that got huge contracts elsewhere, and all of those players watched from home on Sunday. I hope this goes well for BroncoNation but I wont be surprised if it gets testy. Cant think of a player I’d rather have on our Defense than Von Miller.

  33. bronco6745 says: Feb 9, 2016 11:51 PM

    If anyone actually thinks Elway is gonna let Von get away, you’re out of your mind. Everyone saw how integral he was to Denver’s playoff run. Elway the last few years has used the tag and worked out a deal by July for players like Demaryius and Clady, I’m guessing that’ll happen again. Considering Von’s value is pretty clear as he’s certainly worthy of the biggest contract ever given to a defensive player, I don’t see this being a difficult negotiation. The difference between him and people like Mario and Suh is that Von actually helped his team win a Super Bowl and showed he was the best player in every game. He’s staying put to harass the NFL for more years to come.

  34. dwhcic says: Feb 10, 2016 12:06 AM

    If you don’t pay that man someone else will! Absolute beast!

  35. saveusterrelldavis says: Feb 10, 2016 12:09 AM

    Don’t you EVER suggest what John Elway should do. Who do you think you’re talking about Dan Marino?!

  36. bjwbrown2011 says: Feb 10, 2016 12:26 AM

    Given history, the Raiders would pay him about 5 times his actual value since they love their SB MVPs, so he’d make about $60 million a year.

  37. lanman11 says: Feb 10, 2016 1:03 AM

    20 Million per year. He shouldn’t settle for anything less or he will want to restructure the deal in two years after the salary cap rises significantly. He’ll be watching that money go to other players if he doesn’t cash in now.

    The Raiders, Bears, Bucs, and Jags have the most cap space available. Maybe one of these teams swings a deal with a team picking late in the first round to move up their 2nd round pick to a 1st rounder before the draft. Not likely, but those are the best possibilities. The Raiders could kill two birds here, taking some heat off their QB two games a year by swiping Miller, and then pairing him with Khalil Mack, and really pounding the next Denver QB.

  38. buckybadger says: Feb 10, 2016 1:04 AM

    This is a no-brainer and I don’t think there is any other way it can play out. Miller played far to well to not want something that will be a huge contract. He will be asking at least 110% of what Suh got from Miami, probably more. The franchise tag will be about $4M or $5M less to than what he would possibly sign. I think Miller will have go play under the tag as well. They could play the same game next year as well. Miller had almost too good of a year to get anything but the tag.

  39. snikerbotloot says: Feb 10, 2016 1:52 AM

    Dareus got $100 million, would start there. Von isn’t going anywhere

  40. badrobot74 says: Feb 10, 2016 1:59 AM

    Wow… What a great idea. I’ll bet the Broncos haven’t thought of that. They should consider giving you a staff position. Brilliant idea!

  41. philyeagles5 says: Feb 10, 2016 3:44 AM

    give him the franchise tag. any team would be crazy not to give up 2 1sts for Von Miller.

  42. crik911 says: Feb 10, 2016 5:46 AM

    This is the easiest transaction of the off-season.

    PAY THE MAN! Whatever he asks, you pay. You keep him long term and you pay him.

    He was a absolute wrecking ball for the entire game.

  43. boondockstlrssaint says: Feb 10, 2016 6:02 AM

    Is there a player more worthy of the money, the way the league is set up? Perhaps, but not this year.
    My question is then… at what price? More often than not, we’re talking QB money, but the point remains… at what price?
    Specifically, does the player want to keep a good thing together? Does the player want to maximize his value?

    I’d not begrudge one for maximizing value, ever, though if anyone (Von, in this case) wants to win, he’d better be pretty sure that he’s the last piece of the puzzle, or at least something close. Otherwise, I’m pretty sure that a “hometown discount” still has one handsomely paid *and some key pieces around to keep winning…

  44. browns2014man says: Feb 10, 2016 7:13 AM

    Two words= Performance Enhancing.

  45. genericnflfan says: Feb 10, 2016 8:16 AM

    he’ll stay in Denver with a smooth long term deal. being open to other teams possibly adding him will not close to happening. he likes Denver too much

  46. pftoverespn says: Feb 10, 2016 8:35 AM

    “average of the five highest 2016 linebacker cap numbers”

    I thought he was a defensive end? Why would he get tagged as a linebacker?

  47. steelerben says: Feb 10, 2016 8:36 AM

    While Von Miller is definitely a game changer, you need to look at this through the eyes of someone building a team, not a fan sitting at home. Is there a team that is one pass rusher away from winning the Super Bowl? Having a pass rusher certainly makes a team better, but if you plan to give up two first round draft picks and what will certainly be an outrageously large contract to lock him up, you need to have a roster that is going to be able to maintain success without being able to add impact players in the next few seasons.

    There aren’t really any teams that fit that description.

  48. codythao35 says: Feb 10, 2016 8:44 AM

    I wouldn’t do it, especially the Broncos are not going any where any time soon. Why waste all those money. I would let him walk and start anew.

  49. peoriaviking says: Feb 10, 2016 9:17 AM

    If the Vikings got him, no one would be able to score a point against that defense.

  50. nobleeding says: Feb 10, 2016 9:30 AM

    The problem with the “teams most tempted would be those currently picking at the bottom of round one” argument is those teams’ successes are working against them also: less cap room, losing their own stars to higher prices, filling holes in their roster, etc.

  51. spratz13 says: Feb 10, 2016 10:08 AM

    The pats should sign Von Miller, as they don’t have a first rounder to give up, and then trade Chandler Jones for a first round pick as he will be redundant/gone the next year anyway. Then they get their pick back and a better edge rusher.

  52. rogerdw66 says: Feb 10, 2016 10:31 AM

    I will be shocked if a long term deal is not reached by Denver. He’s not going to get any cheaper.

  53. dal1as says: Feb 10, 2016 10:53 AM

    Everyone is nuts if they think for a second that Von is going anywhere. He WANTS to stay in Denver. He is not going anywhere.

  54. dcbronco says: Feb 10, 2016 11:04 AM

    Luckily for Denver Von Miller seems to have a team first mentality. He’s already said negotiations will be peaceful. Not in the Jordan “there won’t be any negotiations” when he demanded his first huge, and still underpaid, contract at the end of his career. Miller will get a huge payday. It might not be the biggest ever for a defensive player. It will be great for both parties. His agent might hate it. And it will probably happen sooner than people think. Both he and the team want it out of the way so they can focus on getting everyone else signed and getting ready for next year.

  55. Mo Pro Babble says: Feb 10, 2016 11:11 AM

    taintedsaints2009 says:
    Feb 9, 2016 10:02 PM
    I’d give three first round picks for Von miller. Maybe four. He’s that good. He proved to be more valuable than an elite quarterback and carried an elite quarterback. He might be the most valuable player in the league. If you asked me, Tom Brady or Von miller, I’d probably take Von miller.

    Yeah, that makes perfect sense, take a fresh young MIller over two guys who have owned football for nearly 20 years.

    Some folks are easily impressed with the last thing they saw.

  56. theghostofaldavis says: Feb 10, 2016 11:18 AM

    milehihoss says:
    Feb 9, 2016 11:08 PM
    To all you Denver Bandwagon fans:
    Welcome aboard, glad to have you.
    Von Miller played perhaps the best defensive postseason ever this year.
    What new-to-Denver fans (and residents) don’t realize is his entire postseason career up to this point he has been a GHOST. Go watch the Baltimore, Indy and Seattle losses.
    The man deserves to get PAID, and I LOVE him during the past month, but not one month does a career make.
    –Colorado Native, lifelong Bronco fan
    >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

    THIS…

    Miller had a great SB and tremendous post-season – against bad OLines and, in the case of Cam, a QB who clearly got flustered by the pressure of the moment. I take nothing away from Miller; however, historically he’s been a non-factor in most big games. Heck, when my Raiders played them (BEAT them once and were driving in position to win the other), Donald Penn (yes…the ‘elite’ Donald Penn) manhandled Von all day long.

    He’s a great player that has great moments – none more so than his last two games – but let’s not allow our most recent memories overshadow his entire body of work. No need to break the bank for him with a record-setting salary (though, frankly, I’d love to see the Donkeys do so). He should get paid well, but his history tells me he may be more Suh than Watt after he does get paid – is that worth killing your cap over?

    ONE NATION!

  57. sonhoodoo says: Feb 10, 2016 11:51 AM

    Wow, PEDs sure made him a wonder this off-season.

  58. mmack66 says: Feb 10, 2016 11:58 AM

    Hopefully he can use some of that money on some men’s glasses.

  59. 1trojan33usc says: Feb 10, 2016 12:17 PM

    Never thought I would see someone outperform JJ Watt on defense ! PAY THE MAN !!!!!

  60. flickflint says: Feb 10, 2016 2:38 PM

    Release Demariyus

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