Miller, Broncos agree biggest deal for defensive player

Miller gives defensive coordinator Wade Phillips so many options thanks to his ability to also drop into pass coverage (reference his interception of Tom Brady while covering Rob Gronkowski in the AFC Championship Game), play run defense and even shadow a mobile quarterback, like he did at times in the Super Bowl against NFL MVP Cam Newton.

Von Miller signed a blockbuster $114.5 million contract with the Denver Broncos that includes $70 million in guarantees and makes him the highest-paid non-quarterback in National Football League history. His Super Bowl 50 performances shows that. About two hours before the 4 p.m. EDT deadline, the cornerstone of the league's best defense accepted the Broncos' blockbuster offer and tweeted a photo of himself in his orange No. 58 jersey with the caption "For Life".

But the Broncos' front office had offered him the franchise tag, which at the time was only worth $12.8 million, but both sides obviously wanted to get something long-term completed.

The deal makes the 27-year-old Miller the highest-paid defensive player by average at just over $US19 million ($A25 million) per year. I've got three Pro Bowls and a Super Bowl. "The Broncos are happy to have Von back and Von's happy to be back".

Two weeks ago, Luck signed a $140 million deal that will pay him $87 million guaranteed.

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However Miller stated, repeatedly, that he would sooner sit out the season than play under the franchise tag.

One day after the Broncos and Miller agreed to a six-year, $114.5 million contract on July 7, agent Joby Branion submitted a counter proposal with greater guaranteed money. Vernon signed a five-year, $85 million deal with $52.5 million guaranteed. He had 11 sacks, four forced fumbles, 35 tackles in the regular season past year and had five sacks, two forced fumbles and an interception in the playoffs, Fox Sports noted.

Miller was drafted with the 2nd overall pick in 2011 out of Texas A&M by Denver. The teams and players that don't get that deal done have to have the player sign and play under the franchise tag in 2016 or not play at all.

Berry's franchise tag is set at $10.8 million but there's no guarantee that he'll play on it this year.

His sack and forced fumble on Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton in Super Bowl 50 created the Broncos' first touchdown, as Denver's Malik Jackson recovered the fumble in the Panthers' end zone.

It's a major financial commitment from the Broncos to Miller, who might have cashed in a year earlier had he not been suspended six games in 2013 for violating the league's substance abuse policy and later tearing an anterior cruciate ligament after returning that season.

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