Tuesday’s roundup: Broncos franchise linebacker Miller
Englewood, Colo. — Von Miller’s contract talks might be amicable. They won’t be abridged.
The Broncos placed their exclusive franchise tag on the Super Bowl 50 MVP on Tuesday after Denver general manager John Elway and Miller’s agent were unable to agree on a long-term contract for the star linebacker who expects “peaceful” negotiations.
The one-year tender offer means Miller’s salary will be no less than the average of the top five salaries at his position. That’s about one and a-half times the $9.754 million he made last season.
Both sides are confident they’ll work out an extension before the July 15 deadline.
“We’ve had productive talks with Von’s representation, and we’ll continue those discussions with the goal of making sure Von remains a Bronco well into the future,” Elway said in a statement.
No other team can negotiate with Miller, 26, who led Denver’s defense to a 24-10 victory over Cam Newton and Carolina in the Super Bowl last month.
Miller made an appearance on NFL Network on Monday, and said, “I have never been franchised before, so I can’t really say, ‘Hey, I don’t want to be franchised. I don’t want to do this.’ I can tell you what: I want to be with the Denver Broncos. I want to be with those guys my whole career, and whatever it takes to get it done I am down for.”
Miller said a day after his Super Bowl performance that negotiations on a contract extension won’t get acrimonious.
“Mr. Elway, he has played in the National Football League. He is one of the best (general managers) that there is. We’re here today because of him. I have people representing my situation as well and it’s going to be a peaceful thing. I am not really worried about it,” Miller declared.
Although signing Miller to a long-term extension in Elway’s top priority, he also wants to keep quarterback Brock Osweiler and defensive lineman Malik Jackson.
Osweiler went 5-2 when Peyton Manning was out because of a foot injury. Manning, who turns 40 this month, is pondering retirement.
Quarterback Sam Bradford agreed to a two-year contract with the Eagles.
... The Panthers applied the non-exclusive franchise tag to All-Pro cornerback Josh Norman.
Norman will make $13.952 million next season unless he signs a long-term contract extension. Carolina has until mid-July to negotiate a new deal with Norman.
... The Bills released defensive end Mario Williams and retained the rights to left tackle Cordy Glenn by designating him their franchise player.
Williams’ departure opened room for Buffalo to tag Glenn, who was eligible to become an unrestricted free agent, for $13.7 million.
The Bills also released offensive guard Kraig Urbik and running back Boobie Dixon.
... The Chiefs placed the franchise tag on safety Eric Berry, who will make $10,806,000 next season.
... The Dolphins placed the transition tag on defensive end Olivier Vernon, who will receive $12.734 million if the sides can’t reach a long-term deal. A transition tag allows the player to negotiate with other teams, but his current club has the right of first refusal to match any offer.
... The Jets placed the non-exclusive franchise tag on Pro Bowl defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson, who will be paid $15.701 million for the 2016 season.
... The Rams placed the non-exclusive franchise tag on cornerback Trumaine Johnson, who could accept the one-year franchise tag tender, worth just under $14 million.
... Ravens linebacker and special teams standout Albert McClellan agreed to terms on a three-year deal.