Monday, Philadelphia Eagles defensive lineman Fletcher Cox signed a six-year extension worth $103 million—with $63 million guaranteed. This is bad news for the Denver Broncos, who are trying to work on a deal with their best defensive player, and one of the premier players in the NFL—Von Miller.
Just last week, the Broncos offered Miller a six-year extension worth $114.5 million, with $58 million in total guarantees, but only $39.8 million fully guaranteed to be paid out in the first two years. Miller accepted the term and total value of the offer, but turned it down because of the guaranteed money and term of the fully guaranteed money. His desire is for more fully guaranteed money over more years.
Currently, it is unknown just how the $63 million in guarantees for Cox are structured, or over how many years that money is guaranteed, but we do know how much he received up front to sign—$26 million.. However, the base figures are bad news for the Broncos.
Cox is two years younger than Miller, with one less year in the league. Comparing stats means very little with these two players, as they play two very different positions. Cox is a 3-tech defensive tackle in a 4-3 defense—stout at stopping the run, but excels at getting pressure on the quarterback, having netted 22 career sacks.
http://www.scout.com/nfl/broncos/story/1677095-is-von-miller-being-selfi... Cox has also played the 5-tech in a 3-4 front (like a Derek Wolfe for example). Meanwhile, Miller is a rush linebacker, and his primary job is to take down the quarterback. Miller has netted 60 career sacks, and was the third fastest player to 50 sacks in league history.
With that in mind, it is very obvious why Miller is asking for more money. Now, with the Cox extension, Miller could find his way to asking for more money. The simple reality is, for a top-3 defender in the NFL, GM John Elway needs to open the checkbook.
You don’t find premier pass rushers—who can dominate games like Miller did in the playoffs—very often. When you do, you pay them. Quarterback is the most important position on the football field, and Miller’s job is to wreak havoc on that player.
If Elway doesn’t pay up and continues to low-ball the team’s best player, it doesn't bode well for the Broncos and for future players whose contracts are soon to expire.
Pay up Mr. Elway. Miller deserves it.