On Monday, the Denver Broncos visited the White House and President Obama as a team, a privilege granted only to the Super Bowl Champions. During the visit, players met President Obama, in addition to touring the historic building and grounds, culminating with a presentation with the President himself.
Among the commotion was Broncos MVP linebacker Von Miller, equipped with a personality larger than life, yet awestruck by what was happening right in front of him. The game of football affords players many opportunities that would otherwise be unavailable to them.
Meeting the President of the United States is one of them—another would be signing the richest contract in a franchise's history and maybe the richest contract in NFL history. For Miller, both of these possibilities are very real after a magical postseason which saw him tally five sacks, two forced fumbles and an interception.
Asked about contract talks with the team, Miller conveyed encouragement.
"We’ve made real progress over the last couple of days," he said. "I’m very optimistic about the whole thing. Yeah, I remain optimistic about everything.”
The meaning of Miller's statement is murky. The deadline to agree to a long term extension still isn't very close and an agreement is likely not imminent, but the progress is encouraging.
A deal will get done, but contract talks are a process. Franchise tagged players wait until close to the deadline to sign long term deals because it is more beneficial to them.
The deadline gives them a better position to negotiate from and maximize their extension. This is no different for Miller, but rest assured, an extension will be agreed upon.