Photo credit: Joe Amon / Denver Post
Author: Jon Kuzma
The Denver Broncos were adamant about not letting their best player walk out the free agency door. Von Miller who was flat out dominant in the Super Bowl for the Broncos recording 6 tackles, 2 sacks, and 2 forced fumbles. He was inked to a one year deal with the Broncos when Denver decided to place the franchise tag on him. Miller publicly stated that he would like to return to the Broncos however at the end of the day “money talks.” Meaning Miller wants to stay with the team but he want to earn the most money he can over the course of his professional career, also making it clear that was a serious goal of his. With the Broncos placing the franchise tag on Miller he will make around 14.1 million dollars in 2016. The Broncos would of liked to avoid these circumstances and really wanted to come to a long term deal with Miller. Yet the two sides were apparently just two far apart and letting Miller hit the open market was just out of the question for the Denver Broncos. The team will pay a big price for Miller but the team was going to pay highly for Miller one way or another. Miller proved his worth on the field as one of the most dominant defensive players in the league. Outside of JJ Watt you could could easily consider Von Miller a nominee for the second best player in the league. The guy has been absolutely stellar over the course of his career. Whether it be sacking the quarterback, forcing fumbles, or helping Denver win a Super Bowl. Not to mention Miller was the Most Valuable Player in Super Bowl 50 and his two force fumbles both led to Denver touchdowns. The Broncos made the right decision because letting Miller walk away means the Denver defense aren’t Super Bowl contenders anymore. Von Miller is not only the best player on that defense but he is also the best player on that team as well. Letting him leave Denver was clearly out of the picture for John Elway and that is why Elway is one of the best G.M’s in the business.
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