The Denver Broncos have placed the Franchise Tag on Von Miller their elite pass rusher, and it is starting to get ugly with Miller holding out. According to Charles Robinson of Yahoo Sports, the Broncos and Miller are roughly four million dollars apart in negotiations.
The two sides are not close, with a disparity believed to be in the neighborhood of $20 million total over a span of five years. That’s a difference of roughly $4 million per season. Two sources familiar with the negotiation pegged Denver’s offer as hovering around $18 million per season (roughly $90 million over five years). With the $4 million disparity in mind, that puts Miller’s stance at around $22 million annually (roughly $110 million over five years).
Miller is totally worth 22 million a year, and should be one of the highest players in the league. He dominated the Carolina Panthers offensive line, and was a force to be reckon with in the Super Bowl. I think the Broncos need to pony up their money and stop being cheap. They already lost one player by doing so, and it was a blessing.