Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller is coming off an MVP performance in the Super Bowl. He put up five sacks in the team’s final two playoff games, including 2.5 in the outing that clinched the Lombardi for the franchise.
Miller, 26, is also set to become a free agent next month.
Things simply couldn’t be looking better for the all-world pass rusher as he looks to cash in on what has already been a Hall of Fame-caliber career.
If you think this is lost on the former No. 2 overall pick, you likely don’t have a real understanding of how the human brain works.
In this, Miller has made it clear that money will play a pretty major role in any decision he makes regarding his next contract:
Von Miller on @TheEllenShow: "I want to stay with the Broncos for 15-20 years, but money talks, you know?"
— Lindsay Jones (@bylindsayhjones) February 9, 2016
It’s refreshing to hear a player actually admit that cash is going to be one of the major determining factors in his career decision. This is no different from any of us, who would likely move on to another company if the money were right.
The major sticking point for linebacker here is the dreaded franchise tag — a designation it is being reported the Broncos will place on Miller prior to the start of free agency next month.
Of course, this is all dependent on the two sides not being able to come to terms on a long-term contract before then.
As it is, Miller’s options would be limited if the Broncos placed the tag on him. They will likely go strictly with the exclusive rights version, which wouldn’t enable Miller to negotiate with other teams.
This would pay the star linebacker just over $12 million next season — a raise of less than $3 million from this year.
Miller can also decide to go the holdout route, which is something that hasn’t exactly worked well for players in the past.
With the system completely stacked against him thanks to the 2011 Collective Bargaining Agreement, it will be interesting to see what Miller decides to do here.
What we do know is that he’s likely in store for the richest contract for a defensive players in the history of the game. It just remains to be seen when that will happen.