Von Miller Contract Will Ruin Broncos Season
The Denver Broncos are the defending Super Bowl champions and they won that title behind a very powerful defense that is known to suffocate their opponents. That defense was led by Super Bowl MVP Von Miller who had a dominant season and is ready to resume his role as the defensive leader of this team. That is if he gets paid.
2017 Denver Broncos Odds
The latest 2017 Super Bowl LI odds show that the Broncos are not considered the favorites to repeat as champions. The Broncos are 18 to 1 to win the Super Bowl next season. In fact things have gotten so bad for the Broncos (+180) that they are no longer the favorite to win the AFC west. The favorite to capture the AFC West is now the Kansas City Chiefs (+175).
Let’s take a look at some NFL futures to win the Super Bowl, AFC and AFC West for every team in the NFL.
Many Denver Broncos fans believe that their biggest concern heading into this season was going to be the quarterback position. Hall of Famer Peyton Manning retired from the game and the team’s current replacement is Mark Sanchez. Sanchez is known more for a butt fumble than anything. While that still may be an area of concern, the focus is now clearly on Von Miller.
Miller was given the franchise tag when the season ended and it seemed inevitable that the Broncos were going to pay their best player. The Broncos and Miller were going to be together for a long time. Yet, teh deal is still pending and Miller is not only unhappy, but he has been very vocal about it.
Von Miller and the Guaranteed Money
The biggest sticking points in negotiations are guarantee money and how much Miller stands to make in the first three years of his deal and this hurdle may seem unsurmountable at the moment. Miller took to social media to make a point when he put out an Instagram post saying there was “no chance” he would play the season under his franchise tag. Miller turned down a six-year, $114.5 million offer from the team and now he will continue to go back and forth with the team in hopes that a deal will be made before the season kicks off. Other defensive players have received bigger guaranteed money in their deal so you cannot blame Miller for wanting more.
The Broncos have lost enough talent on the defensive side of the football that it would be very dangerous for the Broncos to start the season without Miller in uniform. This is especially true considering that the Broncos will kick off the 2017 NFL season in a Super Bowl rematch against the Carolina Panthers who will be out for revenge.
There is no need for the Broncos to panic just yet. The deadline is July 15th and that still gives Miller and the Broncos plenty of time to figure this out. If the Broncos are able to work out a deal now, there may be some value betting on the Broncos to win the AFC West early. However, if the Broncos do not get the job done, it could be a very long season for the Broncos and their fans.