The negotiations between the Denver Broncos and Von Miller took an unfavorable turn earlier this week after the athlete reportedly rejected the team's six-year contract. Because of this, Miller could end up sitting out the rest of the 2016 season.
Miller had until Tuesday to accept the Broncos' offer of $114.8 million for six years. However, the outside linebacker turned this down. According to Fansided, Miller may have made his decision after discovering a loophole in the collective bargaining agreement.
As noted by the sports news site, by refusing the contract and purposely missing out on the 2016 season, the Broncos will not be able to put a franchise tag on Miller. They will, however, be able to do so in 2017.
But, by sitting out the upcoming season, Miller will be able to enter the open market because he doesn't have a franchise tag. Sure, he'll miss out on about $14 million in 2016 but he'll be able to make up for it in the long run next year and through the open season.
And, given the fact that Miller is Super Bowl 50's MVP, there are certainly a lot of teams that are willing to pay for him.
However, aside from this loophole, the numbers in the offered contract are also shaking things up between the Broncos and Miller. As noted by Yahoo! Sports, the Broncos 6-year contract worth $114.5 million may not be as generous as it seems.
As explained by the site, this contract can be changed by Denver into a two-year deal, which means Miller could end up only getting $38.5 million guaranteed.
As shady as it appears, the Broncos can still offer this contract to Miller because it is using his franchise tag as leverage. But, as stated earlier, Miller will be able to avoid this discounted deal through the loophole, or by sitting out the 2016 season.
This growing rift between the Broncos and Miller is certainly not good for the two parties. Although Miller had previously stated that he wants to stay with the team for the rest of his NFL career, the chances of this happening are becoming pretty slim.