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Report: Broncos to use exclusive tag on Von Miller

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ESPN has reported that the Broncos will apply the franchise tag to linebacker Von Miller. But ESPN didn’t specify the type of the tag.

Troy Renck of the Denver Post now reports that the Broncos “are expected” to apply the exclusive version of the tag.

It’s not a surprise. With a non-exclusive tender for linebackers at $14.129 million and with the calculation of the exclusive tag currently expected to be $14.01 million, there’s no reason not to use the exclusive tag, since by rule it also would be $14.129 million. By using the exclusive tag, the Broncos risk an uptick in linebacker contracts with high 2016 cap numbers, which would drive up the exclusive tender beyond $14.129 million.

The risk of not using the exclusive tag is more clear. The Broncos would potentially lose Miller to a team picking low in round one that is willing and able to put together an offer sheet that the Broncos couldn’t or wouldn’t match, and that is in in turn willing to give up this year’s first-round pick along with next year’s to get him.

If the exclusive tag is used, Miller won’t be going anywhere. The question then becomes whether the Broncos will sign him to a long-term deal by July 15, or whether the player who sent five years getting to this point will hit the open market after his sixth NFL season — or whether the Broncos will tag him again in 2017, at a 20-percent raise.

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24 Responses to “Report: Broncos to use exclusive tag on Von Miller”
  1. bondlake says: Feb 29, 2016 1:10 PM

    The amounts of money being tossed around in pro sports is more than obscene.

    How about your heart surgeon? Suppose you were rushed to the hospital with a heart attack and the surgeon said that as of midnight he would be a free agent. With your life in his hands, would his skills be worth more than someone rushing a QB?

    Seems to me that the value which society places on many things are out of whack.

  2. hosanamusic says: Feb 29, 2016 1:13 PM

    There are way more Heart Surgeons than elite pass rushers in the world.

  3. blitzinc43 says: Feb 29, 2016 1:16 PM

    bad argument bondlake…

    It’s all relative as to what the league’s earnings vs. hospital earnings are

  4. td30 says: Feb 29, 2016 1:19 PM

    bondlake says:
    The amounts of money being tossed around in pro sports is more than obscene.

    How about your heart surgeon? Suppose you were rushed to the hospital with a heart attack and the surgeon said that as of midnight he would be a free agent. With your life in his hands, would his skills be worth more than someone rushing a QB?

    Seems to me that the value which society places on many things are out of whack.

    ———————————————

    capitalism 101. Good luck finding the “fairest” economic system for millions of people

  5. sackdance says: Feb 29, 2016 1:20 PM

    The NFL is a MonsterMoneyMachine. If players didn’t get this kind of money then Roger Goodell would be making more than the 33+ million he already makes. The players deserve it more than anyone, as they are risking their health and bodies, and leaving themselves open to so many physical ailments down the road. And hosanamusic is right, heart surgeons are dime a dozen compared to elite pass rushers like #58. Pay the man!

  6. themermel says: Feb 29, 2016 1:20 PM

    Bondlake, if you want to make the argument that sports players shouldn’t be paid as much because of societal value, recognize that the same logic says that water should cost $100 a gallon. Something tells me you aren’t pushing for that.

  7. xxbarklikeadogxx says: Feb 29, 2016 1:22 PM

    Cool. Von Miller is the new face of the NFL.

  8. danm1978 says: Feb 29, 2016 1:25 PM

    Dude, we know not everyone gets what they think they are worth
    …all I ‘ll say is Von Miller will sell a lot more shirts and merchandise than your average heart surgeon.

  9. redsoxu571 says: Feb 29, 2016 1:28 PM

    We need to stop talking about the possibility of teams signing away non-exclusive tagged players. Outside of MAYBE a franchise QB, a team can’t afford to give a massive, FA-style contract to a player AND surrender its next two 1st round picks. 1st rounders are the lifeblood of talented rookie-contract player acquisition, which is the only way to afford to sign players to big second and third contracts AND stay competitive annually in the long term. Give up two while ALSO adding a huge version of one of those second contracts, and you demolish your financial margin for error for the next 5+ seasons.

    Again, you might be willing to do that for a truly special difference maker…as in, a franchise QB who alone makes you an annual playoff contender. But outside of that, no single player is worth such a move.

  10. r502 says: Feb 29, 2016 1:31 PM

    So much for ‘peaceful’ contract negotiations with Von Miller.

  11. hlna55 says: Feb 29, 2016 1:55 PM

    And…. Here comes the hold out for when he doesn’t sign the offer sheet.

  12. daytontriangles says: Feb 29, 2016 2:03 PM

    The Broncos had a great season in 2015. That defense was monstrous!

    That being said, it’s going to be entertaining watching the Broncos get dismantled, piece by piece, during the off-season.

  13. tylawspick6 says: Feb 29, 2016 2:10 PM

    Elway is a moron. Can’t wait for him to get set up again like Dumervil did to him with the fake “broken fax machine”.

    That was hilarious.

    I wonder if he knows he got hoodwinked on that yet?

  14. mcjon22 says: Feb 29, 2016 2:10 PM

    OK Stephen Ross, write that check !

  15. crawfish2011 says: Feb 29, 2016 2:22 PM

    Professional sports are a Billion dollar business and players makes tens and hundreds of millions of dollars.

    I don’t see anybody complaining when Sandra Bullock makes $70 Million for a movie.

  16. whispersd says: Feb 29, 2016 2:34 PM

    Sandra Bullock got a huge percentage of the gross for a blockbuster film. Gravity ended up making more than $700 million worldwide.

    Bullock doesn’t usually take home that kind of payday. Though salaries above the $20M range are reasonably common.

    And yes, it’s reasonable to compare athletes and movie stars, since both are key parts of the entertainment industry.

  17. buffalosaint says: Feb 29, 2016 3:19 PM

    Six-Year Pay. After six years of surgical practice, the average annual income of a cardiac or thoracic surgeon has increased to $522,875, according to the Profiles salary survey.

    I’m in the wrong profession.

  18. myhawks1976 says: Feb 29, 2016 3:52 PM

    Comparing pay in different fields is moronic. Why does a stock broker make 4-6 times more, to START than a teacher? Do we care about our future?

    Athletes get this money, because their industry makes that kind of money. If the NFL didn’t have multi BILLION dollar tv deals, then athletes wouldn’t make this money. Economics 101.

  19. donatocha33 says: Feb 29, 2016 5:29 PM

    Pay the man!

  20. phillyhomer says: Feb 29, 2016 6:46 PM

    How does the salary structure differ for a defensive end in a 4-3 add up vs. a rushing OLB in a 3-4. I thought the Jimmy Graham as a WR was a stupid argument, but Miller has a legitimate dispute here. Do they just go by defined position? I would think there has to be some leeway based upon scheme, but I’m not sure how that would be written into a CB contract.

    Just because he can stay with a RB on a fly route doesn’t mean he is not an elite pass rusher, and much better than almost every DE in the league.

  21. chesswhileyouplaycheckers says: Feb 29, 2016 8:22 PM

    r502 says:
    Feb 29, 2016 1:31 PM
    So much for ‘peaceful’ contract negotiations with Von Miller.
    ———————

    Using the tag doesn’t preclude peaceful negotiations. In fact the tag may well simply be the jumping off point for a long term contract once the market is set.

  22. Lancane says: Feb 29, 2016 8:27 PM

    Simply, his agent will see if anyone is interested and what they would be willing to pay him. If there are any suitors they’ll offer a contract. If it’s too outlandish, say 5 years 125 mil. which is outrageously high, then Denver will take the picks, if he’s offered 4 years 88 mil. then they are likely to match it and be done…But I don’t see anyone willing to give up two first rounders and a huge contract to get him.

  23. taintedsaints2009 says: Feb 29, 2016 11:13 PM

    In regards to the first comment:

    the market will always set the price. can’t complain about the demand for good pass rushers and the price to pay.

    BUT

    What you can question is why Americans value (demand) an elite pass rusher more than a heart surgeon. The reason the NFL makes so much more money, than say a hospital, is because of the demand for football. The demand is what you can question. But it will always be there. Bread and Circus: Time tested human traditions.

  24. Cory Winget says: Mar 1, 2016 12:36 AM

    “Hey, Von, we’re signing you to a 2 year 34 million dollar guaranteed deal. Cool?”

    Hellll yeah its cool! That’s basically what this deal is

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