Von Miller says contract talks will be “a peaceful thing”

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Broncos outside linebacker Von Miller waged war on the Panthers, and won.

But the Super Bowl 50 MVP promised in the aftermath that his future contract talks with the team would be “peaceful.”

Miller’s set to be an unrestricted free agent in March, but he’s not expecting a rough negotiation with Broncos executive vice president John Elway.

“As far as my situation coming up, we have — Mr. Elway, he’s played in the National Football League, he’s one of the best GMs that there is, we’re here today because of him,” Miller said, via Jeff Legwold of ESPN.com. “And I have people representing my situation as well. It’s going to be a peaceful thing. I’m not really worried about it.”

Of course, there’s a good reason not to worry.

He’s either going to get rich immediately, or the Broncos will use the franchise tag to buy themselves time to do a long-term deal, as they have with other stars in recent years. That’s what happened with both left tackle Ryan Clady and wide receiver Demaryius Thomas, so it’s clearly a plan Elway’s familiar with.

They have other free agents pending, and some have suggested the possibility of tagging quarterback Brock Osweiler. But Miller’s clearly the priority, and Elway has said he has a “plan” for Miller, and that he knows “what the numbers would be.”

Six years and $101 million is a good starting point, considering the deal Justin Houston got with the Chiefs last summer. And that will buy a man a lot of peace.

14 responses to “Von Miller says contract talks will be “a peaceful thing”

  1. You can definitely win a super bowl with dominating one side of the ball, you just won’t be able to pay for it in the next season

  2. I can’t imagine tagging Osweiller.
    He hasn’t played an entire season, and at best is probably a Tier 2 QB, at best.
    Maybe a 2 year prove it deal, 12.55/year for 2 years.

  3. brock osweiller may end up being the BIG winner here. if the broncs aren’t able to get a long term deal done w/ von, they will tag him. that would put the broncs over a barrel in regards to osweiller. pay me or i’ll walk and even though he only had a short resume, there are teams out there w/ QB issues that will give him BIG money. happens every off season teams pay backups that have shown a lil success the prior year. look for brock to get a pretty favorable contract if he wants it and doesn’t want to take the discounted contract he might get stayn w/ the broncs

  4. He’s going to get paid…no doubt.

    The real question is, will he continue to play or will he go all Haynesworth/Bowe?

  5. Von has always been a fantastic player and fun to watch. But he elevated his game to another level during the playoffs; coupled with the maturity he showed after being suspended and refocusing on the game, the man deserves to be the highest paid defensive player. Franchise defensive players are rare and you don’t let them go when you find one.

  6. I really don’t think there would be a big drop off if Shane Ray had to step in for Miller. The way the Broncos have been drafting, I don’t think they’re worrying too much about their ability to find good players in the draft. Miller is awesome, but when you have corners that can cover like the Broncos’ corners, the QB has to hold onto the ball and it gives the pass rushers a little more time to get there. And when you have rushers like Miller, Ware, and Ray, your corners don’t have to cover as long. It’s the perfect storm. But Miller is saying some pretty flattering things about Elway, so Elway probably wouldn’t mind keeping this guy around.

  7. eazeback says:
    Feb 9, 2016 8:55 AM
    brock osweiller may end up being the BIG winner here. if the broncs aren’t able to get a long term deal done w/ von, they will tag him. that would put the broncs over a barrel in regards to osweiller. pay me or i’ll walk and even though he only had a short resume, there are teams out there w/ QB issues that will give him BIG money. happens every off season teams pay backups that have shown a lil success the prior year. look for brock to get a pretty favorable contract if he wants it and doesn’t want to take the discounted contract he might get stayn w/ the broncs

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    This is right on the money, the Bronco’s are going to want to pay Brock 8 – 10 million, which is probably what he is worth at the moment. But someone will take a gamble on him at 15+ millio, will be interesting to see how the QB position plays out over the offseason for Denver.

  8. Von Miller had one of the best post seasons by any defensive player in recent memory. Even if Denver can keep 80-90% of their defense the team will be strong next year. The offense can only get better as well.

  9. Any team that is willing to drop $15 million a year on Osweiler can have him. The guy has a resume of a couple of games being backed with a dominant defense.

    Plug in a free agent quarterback, like Sam Bradford (who will not be earning $25 million despite what his agent might think) or Ryan Fitzpatrick and keep winning on defense and with the running game.

    Von Miller is far more important to the continuing success of the Broncos than Osweiler.

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