For the second time this offseason, a contract inked by the Philadelphia Eagles to one of its franchise players has come back to bite the Denver Broncos in the butt.
First, Philly’s $17.5 million annually paid out to quarterback Sam Bradford topped Denver’s reporter (via The Denver Post) $13 million offer to Brock Osweiler, leading him to bounce to the Houston Texans for $18 million per year over four years.
Now, it’s the Eagles’ six-year extension in which Fletcher Cox will receive $63 million guaranteed that will shift how Denver deals with Von Miller.
Miller has reportedly requested $70 million guaranteed, per PFT, and he arguably deserves that kind of money.
Over five years, Miller has 60 sacks, 210 tackles, 17 forced fumbles, five fumble recoveries and one interception in 72 games. Over four years, Cox has 22 sacks, 162 tackles, five forced fumbles and six fumble recoveries.
If Miller doesn’t get his money, would he be willing to sit out the season in order to get paid next summer?
MMQB poses the option:
“If Miller is willing to sit out the season, per a union source, the Broncos can’t exclusive tag him again. They can put the non-exclusive tag on him, at the normal tag rate, but the comp for another team to sign him then drops from two first-round picks to a first and a third, which some team may well being willing to pay. Now, I’m not saying Miller would be willing to sit out the year. What I am saying is there is some motivation to do so tucked in the rules.”Advertisement
We’ll keep an eye on how this plays out moving forward.