In a phone conversation with Gary Kubiak, the star linebacker expressed regret to his head coach, and fellow Aggie alum, as he informed Kubiak that he would not be attending the team's offseason program because he doesn't have a contract, according to several sources close to Miller.
The Broncos submitted an exclusive franchise tag tender of $14.129 million to Miller for the 2016 season. He has not signed the tender because it is considered well below his projected value on the open market.
The team's latest offer to Miller is around $18 million per year, according to sources. Miller’s camp has pointed to the contract the New York Giants recently gave to former Miami Dolphins defensive end Olivier Vernon. That deal pays Vernon an average of $17 million per year and is structured so that he gets an astounding $29 million in 2016 alone.
Miller will not be attending the team’s offseason activities without a multi-year contract extension and it's hardly surprising. The same happened with Matt Prater, Ryan Clady and Demaryius Thomas in recent years — all of whom also received franchise tags. None of them participated in the team’s offseason program. All of them also signed long-term contract extensions in July prior to training camp.
While he is away, Von has kept busy with various events, appearances on talk shows and with his spot on Dancing with the Stars.
“That's the plan. The plan is have to Von there, no question.’’
Miller missing the teams voluntary workouts should not affect him the way the same situation affected Demaryius Thomas last season, as Miller will be returning into the same defense and role, where as Thomas came into training camp behind with the task of learning a new offense.
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