Report: Von Miller’s agent requested permission to seek trade

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The “I knew all along a deal would get done” crowd did a victory lap on Friday after the Broncos re-signed linebacker Von Miller. However, a deal that many thought was inevitable didn’t happen without some serious hiccups and/or other bothersome bodily functions.

According to Mike Klis of 9news.com, the Broncos made the offer that Miller accepted on Friday, July 7. The next day, agent Joby Branion submitted a counter proposal with greater guaranteed dollars. Elway declined to move from his bottom-line position.

Then, according to Klis, Branion requested permission to seek a trade. Broncos G.M. John Elway refused.

It’s unclear whether another team would have been willing at this stage of the calendar to give up the package of players and picks to the Broncos and the raw dollars to Miller that would have been necessary to get a deal done. It’s also unclear whether Branion was serious about Miller leaving the Broncos.

After all, if Branion were serious about shopping Miller, the agent could have gotten the word out to other teams that it may have been in their best interests to contact the Broncos if they wanted to try to land Miller. Nothing in the report from Klis suggests that happened, or that any other team contracted the Broncos.

Still, the report reconfirms that things weren’t simple or easy or lacking in acrimony. In the end, the Broncos made their final move seven days before the deadline, and the Broncos refused to budge. It was a risky, all-in play that could have exploded, especially if Miller had been truly willing to leave Denver and start over elsewhere.

He obviously wasn’t interested in leaving, or in doing what he would have had to do to secure his exit: Willingly not play football in 2016.

Regardless, the threat of Miller leaving was enough to get the Broncos to sweeten the pot dramatically from June to July. If they didn’t think he was seriously considering the possibility of sitting out, the team wouldn’t have moved from its supposed bottom-line position of a month ago.

35 responses to “Report: Von Miller’s agent requested permission to seek trade

  1. You just won’t let it drop, will you.
    There was never a chance of a trade.
    There was never a chance that Miller wouldn’t get signed.
    The situation did help fill the dead time of the off season, but let’s let this die now.

  2. That’s what happens when you’re negotiating the top couple of contracts every year. Then someone finds a couple that went easy and then says…..Yeah but what about……..

  3. Will the next headline on PFT now be “Millers agent then threatened to take his ball and go home” or “Millers agent threatened to have his big brother come and beat up the Broncos”?

    Seriously man, it was simple posturing on part of Millers agent.

    Von was never going to sit out a year. If he did, then one photo showing up on TMZ hanging him with Johnny Outta Football and Millers value would have dropped like a stone.

  4. beauregard says:
    Jul 16, 2016 5:06 PM
    You just won’t let it drop, will you.
    There was never a chance of a trade.
    There was never a chance that Miller wouldn’t get signed.
    The situation did help fill the dead time of the off season, but let’s let this die now.

    It’s what happens when your dreams fall through. He prayed and prayed that Miller would hold out. He fears for Tommy when NE has to play in Denver this season. Sorry bro, Miller is here and Tommy is suspended for a quarter of the season. Denver fans are waiting for it.

  5. “If they didn’t think he was seriously considering the possibility of sitting out, the team wouldn’t have moved from its supposed bottom-line position of a month ago.”

    You don’t know that. At least say it’s your opinion as opposed to making it sound like a fact.

  6. denverdave3 says:

    You don’t know that. At least say it’s your opinion as opposed to making it sound like a fact.
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    Facts, opinions, hunches, scientific findings: who cares what you call them … this is a sports blog, not the word of God. (You know God, the guy whose opinions are actually facts that can be twisted in any number of ways to cover up any sin ever committed?)

  7. This contract should be no problem financially if Elway can locate their future QB in the draft. Tgat gives them 5 full years to pay a premium at other positions before the huge QB payday is due. If they have to go the route of trade or free afency that’s a whole other ballgame.

  8. boogerhut says:
    Jul 16, 2016 5:49 PM

    It’s what happens when your dreams fall through. He prayed and prayed that Miller would hold out. He fears for Tommy when NE has to play in Denver this season. Sorry bro, Miller is here and Tommy is suspended for a quarter of the season. Denver fans are waiting for it.
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    Broncos are the SB Champs and their fans deserve some chest thumps. But NE fans are looking forward to week 15 also. Brady will be back and in top form by then and hopefully we have an O line with a few more 1st stringers playing. Should be one of the premier games of the season.

    Who will be your QB in week 15?

  9. Do you have some sort of professional relationship with Joby Branion? Is he a source? Because then your endless stories about Miller’s leverage and him sitting out the year, or 10 games etc. would make sense. Even your petty first line to this story.

    Let it go, the deal was signed, what happened in the lead up to it makes no difference now.

  10. Florio would’ve given him $167 million guaranteed. And he would give Ryan Fitzpatrick a 10yr, $189 million deal. I mean, this is his MO… the offer is never good enough, right?

  11. patsbrat says:
    Jul 16, 2016 6:42 PM
    boogerhut says:
    Jul 16, 2016 5:49 PM

    It’s what happens when your dreams fall through. He prayed and prayed that Miller would hold out. He fears for Tommy when NE has to play in Denver this season. Sorry bro, Miller is here and Tommy is suspended for a quarter of the season. Denver fans are waiting for it.
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    Broncos are the SB Champs and their fans deserve some chest thumps. But NE fans are looking forward to week 15 also. Brady will be back and in top form by then and hopefully we have an O line with a few more 1st stringers playing. Should be one of the premier games of the season.

    Who will be your QB in week 15?

    He’ll be the one standing up after the snap. Not like Tommy who appears to like to spend his time lying down. Or Gwonk who likes to get some O2 and a relaxing massage. And enough of the “hopefully….” excuses. You all used them in the regular season and again in the post season. EVERY team has injuries. Denver has depth. BLAM!

  12. denver cheats with goodell.

    cap.

    chinese roids from guyer

    denver cannot win in new england, so they pay off refs and cheat the cap with roids. they have been doing it for 25 years.

    sanchez and holes all over the roster.

    lmao

  13. This is the worst part of football…None of us are directly paying these players. Lace ’em up when the season starts. We don’t want to hear who is disqualified for drugs, PEDs, crimes. Just put the product on the field during the preseason games and let us decipher who can play from there. I don’t care about TMZ foozball.

  14. The reason that they say the guaranteed money is all that matters is because NFL careers are short. So intentionally shortening your career by sitting out a year is childish, moronic, and never would have happened.

  15. The “I knew all along a deal would get done” crowd did a victory lap on Friday.
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    You will get your victory lap when Peyton Manning plays this year just like your source said he would… Oh wait

  16. tylawspick6 says:
    Jul 16, 2016 9:28 PM

    denver cannot win in new england, so they pay off refs and cheat the cap with roids. they have been doing it for 25 years.
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    Guess it’s good we played you in Denver last year then. How’d you enjoy the Super Bowl?

  17. hgh18 says:
    Jul 16, 2016 10:35 PM
    Hasn’t he been suspended 2 times for peds steroids?

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    Nope, he was suspended for pot, and then for trying to get the test taker to do him a solid.

    However under the terms of the new NFL drug policy, he was clean for long enough that he is no longer in the program.

  18. Ok like the say in show me now , dont think hell be lining up against a third stringer playing on the oposite side , this year . Hell i dont think denver gets past colts , but well see

  19. The great news is Broncos are set up to have about 30 mil in cap room next year.

    Everyone will be all crying about how they must be cheating. Meanwhile it’s just Elway’s drafting and hits in FA that fuel the team.

    That and he plays hardball when doing contracts. he is willing to let players like Brock, Malik and Travatheon walk. With Miller he knew he had a generational player. Those are the ones worth big money.

    Meanwhile teams like the giants spend that much on a player like Vernon who isn’t that good.

  20. It’s funny watching Denver fans pump their chests. Hey guys, you have won a single SB over the same timeframe the Pats have won four. The same as Tampa Bay. Let’s see if you can even remain relevant….

  21. nhpats says:
    Jul 17, 2016 9:10 AM
    It’s funny watching Denver fans pump their chests. Hey guys, you have won a single SB over the same timeframe the Pats have won four. The same as Tampa Bay. Let’s see if you can even remain relevant….
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    We pump our chests because we have won 1 SB in the same timeframe the Pats have won 0. Or we can go back to 97 where we have won 3 to your 4, or we can go back to the 80s where we went to 3 others. The Broncos have been relevant a hell of a lot longer than the Pats my friend.

  22. Players do leave. No one thought, including Pat Riley, that Dwayne Wade would leave the Heat. “He’s a Heat for life!”, the fans said. “He’s not greedy like the others!”, the fans said. “He’ll never leave!” the fans said…. until he did leave because he felt betrayed by the negotiation tactics of management.

    Don’t kid yourselves that Miller won’t and wouldn’t leave the Broncos if Elway continued to play hardball with him. Of course the Broncos were his first choice, but there are 31 more options out there. The Broncos finally wised up and gave him what he wanted.

  23. I have to say this, I could never be an agent. I realize they are trying to get the most money for their client (as well as themselves) but some of the stuff they do is borderline childish–strike that, it’s beyond childish.

  24. Regardless, the threat of Miller leaving was enough to get the Broncos to sweeten the pot dramatically from June to July. If they didn’t think he was seriously considering the possibility of sitting out, the team wouldn’t have moved from its supposed bottom-line position of a month ago
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    If he accepted the very first offer, great, Broncos save a ton of cash and can get Sanders locked up as well, i’d like to think that is fairly obvious.
    Why would Miller accept the first offer anyway? If Denver had offered the contract he ended up signing at Offer #1, Miller would have had the same stance. “Want more guaranteed,will sit out”
    Elway is smart, he knows what he is doing.

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