The Denver Broncos have made Von Miller the highest paid defensive player in NFL history.
The Super Bowl MVP will be locked up on a six year deal worth $114.5 million with $70 million guaranteed, according to ESPN. The $70 million in guaranteed money is the second largest amount in league history, a little behind Andrew Luck who signed an extension earlier this off-season that guarantees him $87 million.
Miller had a dominant regular season with 11 sacks, but really shined when it mattered the most: The Super Bowl. That’s where he recorded six tackles, two and a half sacks and two forced fumbles on his way to the Super Bowl MVP and a 24-10 win over the Carolina Panthers.
The Broncos designated Miller with the franchise tag a few months ago which would have paid him $14 million for the 2016 season. Not too shabby. However, Miller publicly said that he wouldn’t play under the franchise tag, which really forced the Broncos hand. Losing Miller would have created a gigantic void in the defense.
Miller is just 27 years old and has the potential to be the cornerstone of the Broncos defense for years to come. However, back in 2013 Miller served a six game suspension from the NFL for violating the league’s drug policy. He’s stayed out of trouble since then, but is that a red flag for Denver? Has he proved that he isn’t a liability? Beyond all of that, is Miller worth the largest contract for a defensive player in league history?