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Exclusive tag for Von Miller may be no more than the non-exclusive tag

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As the Broncos close in on the possibility of applying the franchise tag to linebacker Von Miller, the question becomes whether they should use the non-exclusive version or the exclusive version. The non-exclusive version, which permits another team to potentially swipe the player in exchange for two first-round picks, typically costs less than the exclusive version, which prevents another team from signing the franchise player.

The answer for the Broncos could be made easier if the exclusive tag ends up being lower than the non-exclusive number.

Per a source with knowledge of the situation, the exclusive tender for linebackers — determined by the average of the five highest-paid players at the position in 2016 as determined after the restricted free agent signing period — is currently on track to be $14.04 million.

Last year, the non-exclusivefranchise tender cost $13.195 million. At least one estimate has the linebacker tender increasing to $14.1 million.

So how can the non-exclusive number be higher? The non-exclusive number comes from a five-year rolling average based on the cap numbers for the five highest paid players at the position and the percentage of the cap consumed by that amount. And the CBA ensures that a player given the exclusive tag will get the non-exclusive tender, if the non-exclusive tender is greater.

While the calculation of the exclusive tender won’t be finalized until April, the likelihood that it won’t be significantly more than the non-exclusive number points to the Broncos taking no chances with Miller and applying the exclusive version of the tag.

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7 Responses to “Exclusive tag for Von Miller may be no more than the non-exclusive tag”
  1. vikesr4reel says: Feb 10, 2016 2:13 PM

    One game wonder

  2. stealthjunk says: Feb 10, 2016 2:18 PM

    And which “one game” would that be? The Super Bowl or the AFC Championship?

  3. cutch35 says: Feb 10, 2016 2:19 PM

    vikesr4reel says:
    Feb 10, 2016 2:13 PM
    One game wonder

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    @vikesr4reel

    I agree. He really did nothing against the Patriots 2 weeks earlier. In fact, he really was mostly useless all season…troll

  4. crawfish2011 says: Feb 10, 2016 2:22 PM

    “One game wonder.” Miller might have had the greatest post season ever for a defensive player.
    5 sacks, 2 forced fumbles, 11 tackles, 2 pass deflections, and 1 interception.

  5. justintuckrule says: Feb 10, 2016 3:23 PM

    I’ll admit. I’m bummed. I wouldn’t have complained if Reese backed up the brinks truck for him and gave the Broncos 2 firsts. There’s LT, Derrick Thomas and Von Miller. In 5 years, those 2 first rounders would have been likely answers to trivia questions anyway.

  6. grizzly224 says: Feb 10, 2016 4:25 PM

    I wonder how much these numbers would change if they looked at LBs in a 4-3 vs ones in a 3-4. The jobs of these LBs is so different that the league should really come up with different categories for these positions.

  7. youknowiknowitall says: Feb 10, 2016 6:06 PM

    The “cheating with PEDs” route pays well.

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