Von Miller on contract negotiations: ‘There’s really no hard feelings’
Von Miller and the Denver Broncos have been embroiled in a protracted contract negotiation ever since the team applied the franchise tag on the standout linebacker, an arrangement that guarantees Miller approximately $14.1 million in the 2016 NFL season.
While Miller would like to get things done and sign a long-term deal with the Broncos, he stresses he harbors no bitterness toward the team, citing the process as “just business.”
Miller, in town Wednesday for his annual Von’s Vision “reveal party” where he gives out eyeglasses to nearly 300 Denver-area children in need, weighed in on how things are proceeding. Miller indicated it’s his expectation and hope that a contract will be hammered out sooner rather than later.
“My teammates know what type of teammate I am,” he said, via The Denver Post’s Nicki Jhabvala. “They know what type of guy I am. It’s just the business part of it. There’s really no hard feelings or anything like that. (The Broncos) know what type of guy I am. I’m expecting a deal any day. That’s just the type of mind-set I have.”
Miller has yet to sign the franchise tender, nor has he participated in the voluntary portion of the Broncos offseason program. And yet, he stressed that the July 15 deadline – when a player on a franchise tag either has to sign the tender or long-term deal — means there’s plenty of time remaining to work out things.
“There’s really not anything negative about it,” he said. “Of course I want to be there with my guys. Just taking it one day at a time. I’m just working out, dancing, trying to do the best I can with that.”
While Miller is trying to put a positive spin on negotiations, reports over the past few weeks paint a more troubling picture. Speculation abounds that Miller would be willing to sit out regular-season games if a new deal isn’t worked out.
Reports also indicate that Miller wants to be the highest-paid defensive player in the NFL, meaning his new deal would have eclipse the $19 million the Miami Dolphins are paying Ndamukong Suh per season.
The most recent word coming out of Denver is that Miller and the Broncos are nearly $20 million apart in talks related to a potential five-year deal.
With all that in mind, while it’s encouraging Miller is trying to remain positive, it’s clear much work is left to be done before a deal is workout out with the Broncos.