It's been an interesting offseason for Broncos linebacker Von Miller, the Super Bowl 50 MVP who is looking for a lucrative long-term deal that will make him one of the NFL's highest-paid defensive players. From the White House Instagram photo crops to reportedly turning down $114 million to Celebrity Family Feud appearances, Miller, at the very least, has been busy.
And now, according to the Denver Post, Miller's representatives and the Broncos have resumed contract talks after a month-long impasse.
Despite the Instagram slight, general manager John Elway spoke with Miller last week and again over the weekend. The hope is that substantial progress can be made before July 15, the deadline for franchise players to come to terms on a multi-year deal.
ESPN's Adam Schefter writes that Elway and Miller spoke for 10-15 minutes over the holiday weekend with Elway letting Miller know "that the Broncos still love him and still want to re-sign him, league sources said. Elway told Miller that Denver would reach out to his agents this week in an effort to jump start talks and procure a long-term deal, a source said."
Meanwhile, former agent Joel Corry, writing for CBSSports.com, provides a road map for Miller and the Broncos to find common ground.
The Broncos need to recognize Miller's contract should be structured similar to Fletcher Cox's recent six-year, $102.6 million extension with the Philadelphia Eagles containing a non-quarterback record $63.299 million in guarantees. In Cox's deal, $36.299 million is fully guaranteed. $55.549 million of Cox's deal will be fully guaranteed early next March. Having Miller's 2018 guarantee in his third contract year vest on a comparable time frame will give him $58 million fully guaranteed by next February or early March. This aspect of the deal will be more important to Miller than topping Cox's $63.299 million of overall guarantees.
As Corry noted in early June, the expectation was that the two sides would return to the negotiating table as the July 15 deadline loomed.
Put another way: Miller will likely have a shiny new contract in place at some point in the next 10 days. Otherwise, if July 15 comes and goes without a deal, Miller won't be able to sign a multi-year contract until Jan. 1, 2017.