Super Bowl MVP Von Miller Turns Down Broncos’ $114 Million Contract Offer

Bryan Brandom
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On Monday, it looked like the free agency saga between the Denver Broncos and Super Bowl MVP linebacker Von Miller was nearing an end.

Miller traveled with the team to Washington, D.C., where the Broncos were greeted and congratuled on their victory by President Barack Obama.

"I just felt complete, felt back at home, felt normal for the first time in the last couple of months,'' Miller said. "This is where I'm myself, when I'm with my teammates, with my boys. It's a special day for me and look forward to having more special days.''

He said talks regarding his new contract with the team were progressing well.

"We've made real progress over last couple of days and I'm very optimistic about the whole thing so, yeah, I remain optimistic about everything."

But two days later "no agreement is in sight" according to multiple sources who say the Broncos offered Miller a six-year, $114.5 million contract with $39.8 million guaranteed in the first two years. The sides are reportedly no longer negotiating.

On a per-year basis, that would make Miller the highest-paid 3-4 outside linebacker or 4-3 defensive end in the league. However, as far as guaranteed money goes, the deal would still fall short of those of Justin Houston, who has $52.5 million guaranteed over six years, Olivier Vernon (also $52.5 million over six years), Marcell Dareus ($60 million, six years), and Ndamukong Suh ($59.6 million, six years), whose full deal is worth just $100,000 less than the one proposed to Miller.

As the team's designated franchise player, if the sides can't come to agreement by July 15, Miller will have to play under a one-year, $14.1 million deal.

"We want to get something done," said Broncos general manager John Elway. "Von knows how I feel about him, he knows how the Denver Broncos feel about him.''

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