There is no doubt that Von Miller wants to remain with the Denver Broncos.
Unfortunately negotiations between the linebacker and the Broncos have turned ugly recently, as the deadline for a long-term extension approaches.
Miller detailed the toll that negotiations have taken on him in an interview with Sports Illustrated's Greg Bishop.
“It just hurts,” Miller told Bishop. “I’m not even going to lie. It’s a business but at the end of the day, I got feelings, too. I know some fans don’t know that some of the reports aren’t even true. When I get on Instagram, no matter what I post, there’s going to be 400 comments. Guys bashing me. Take the deal. You greedy bastard. I thought you wanted to be a Bronco for life? And it kind of weighs on you after a while.”
While Denver's proposed deal is a tempting one, $114.5 million over six years, is a tempting one, it is the amount of guaranteed money that is holding up the deal. The Broncos are offering only $39.8 million dollars in guarantees, a number that is considered low in comparison with the contracts that other top defensive players have received. This is considered to be Miller's big chance to cash in and he plans on taking advantage it.
Miller sent a strong message on Thursday when he posted an Instagram message saying there's "no chance" he will play under the franchise tag — a one-year deal worth $14.1 million dollars.
Miller believes the team isn't showing him how much he means to the franchise. He is definitely an integral piece of the Broncos' Super Bowl winning defense, one that they can't afford to lose. Miller compared these negotiations to when Texas A&M recruited him in college. The Aggies made him feel special a decade ago, which is why he wound up choosing them.
“You know you got that girlfriend that’s really not like that attractive but she’s like really good for you, and she’s going to do everything she can to keep you?” Miller said. “Instead of that really, really hot chick that just talks to you on Mondays. It was like that, above and beyond. That’s the same type of feeling I’m looking for from the Broncos.”
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