Von Miller signs six-year, $114 million extension with Broncos

Miller's contract also pushed him into the neighborhood of quarterback contracts in terms of guaranteed money, putting him behind only Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck. So on July 15, 2015, the Broncos signed Thomas to a five-year, $70 million contract making sure he does not hit free agency until 2020. A couple of weeks ago Miller said in a post on Instagram that he wouldn't play under the franchise tag in 2016 ... and now he won't have to. That's a massive step up from the $38.5 million in guarantees that Denver was offering in June when talks broke off and Miller threatened to sit out the season.

Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins will play next season on the franchise tag after he and the team did not agree on a long-term deal.

But, Elway is one of the best general managers in the NFL and recognized that Miller is one of the most gifted athletes in the league.

"Justin has become a cornerstone for our team, and we are happy to get this contract completed", general manager Ozzie Newsome said.

Miller is the highest paid Non-QB in National Football League history and he rightfully deserves it after a monster Super Bowl 50 MVP performance and 5 strong years in Denver as he has racked up 60 sacks in his career so far, easily making him one of the premier pass rushers in the NFL.

The deal is for $114.5 million and includes a record $70 million guaranteed, according to ESPN sources and multiple reports. Miller felt low-balled by the franchise, especially after they offered him less than $40 million in guaranteed money.

And so the end result of the contract principally negotiated by Joby Branion and Carmen Wallace is that Miller most likely will make $78.5 million over four years. After some final haggling over the structure and language of the contract, the sides reached an agreement that brought Miller closer to his long-stated goal: To remain a Bronco for life.

The next few years will determine whether Miller's deal is a win-win in Denver. Berry, the NFL Comeback Player of the Year last season after being diagnosed in November 2014 with Hodgkin's lymphoma, will play this season under the tag worth $10.8 million.

Miller's presence on the field helped the Broncos' defense be ranked first in sacks with 52 and third in rushing defense, only giving up 83.6 yards per game.

Bills: Second-year running back Karlos Williams has been suspended for the first four games of the regular season for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy.

The Broncos know what sort of player they are getting back: an elite pass rusher to pair with DeMarcus Ware, but also one of the most unique and dynamic defensive players in the league. His Super Bowl 50 performances shows that.

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