Peyton Manning believes Von Miller, Broncos will work out deal
Despite the parties being embroiled in one of the more protracted and contentious contract negotiations in recent memory, Peyton Manning believes that Von Miller and Denver Broncos will successfully break the impasse and come to an agreement on a long-term deal.
“I think Von will re-sign and I do not see that being a problem at all,” the retired Manning told TMZ upon landing Wednesday at New York’s LaGuardia Airport, via The Denver Post. “… I know both sides want to work it out. I know he wants to be in Denver, Denver wants him, so I think it’ll work out.”
The Super Bowl MVP linebacker has remained positive throughout the ordeal regarding the likelihood of hammering out a deal. The tension began when the Broncos applied the franchise tag on Miller, which would pay him approximately $14.1 million in the 2016 NFL season.
A July 15 deadline – when a player on a franchise tag either has to sign the tender or long-term deal — also is looming, making the situation that much more dire.
Miller has stated there’s “no chance” he’ll play in 2016 under the franchise tag. He also said that as far as working things out with the Broncos is concerned, it’s “just a time for waiting right now.”
This may indeed be the case as the Broncos and Miller reportedly restarted negotiations over the weekend after about of month of radio silence. Broncos boss John Elway reportedly reached out to the linebacker, despite how Miller recently threw shade at Elway with some social media shenanigans.
As it stands, the Broncos’ last offer to Miller was a six-year deal for $114.5 million. While Miller and his camp liked those numbers in many respects, the amount of guaranteed money seems to be causing a roadblock in negotiations.
But Manning’s observations seem to summarize the situation quite well. The Broncos want Miller back and there’s no way he wants to sit out an entire season at this stage of his career.
Whether these conditions cause the parties to come to the table and have a true meeting of the minds, however, remains to be seen.