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Von Miller: ‘I’m going to be a Denver Bronco for life’

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Von Miller and the Denver Broncos may be embroiled in a protracted negotiation over a long-term deal, but the Super Bowl MVP linebacker stated that his intentions are to remain with the organization for the long haul.

Speaking for the first time since he was eliminated from “Dancing With The Stars,” Miller announced at a promotional appearance he hopes to stay with the Broncos.

“I’m going to be here in Denver no matter what,” Miller told hundreds of fans during a “Chalk Talk” Q&A session outside a store in the Denver area, eliciting cheers from the crowd of hundreds of Broncos fans, via The Denver Post’s Cameron Wolfe. “The contract is going to take care of itself. I’m going to be a Denver Bronco for life.”

Despite negotiations reportedly being at a stalemate, Miller’s comments echoed what he had to say in late April when he expressed optimismabout working out a deal with the Broncos, stating he was “expecting a deal any day.”

As it stands, Miller will be paid approximately $14.1 million in the 2016 NFL season after the Broncos applied the franchise tag.

Miller has yet to sign the franchise tender, nor has he participated in the voluntary portion of the Broncos offseason program and isn’t expected to going forward.

And yet, he has 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.

While Miller is trying to put a positive spin on negotiations, reports 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 latest word out of Denver is that Miller and the Broncos are nearly $20 million apart in talks related to a potential five-year deal.

With that said, simply proclaiming that he wants to be a “Denver Bronco” for life in front of a crowd of the team’s fans is one thing. Actually putting pen to paper on a contract that is acceptable to both himself and the organization is another thing entirely.